newbie question

James Stroud jstroud at
Tue Nov 16 22:48:44 CET 2004

I have done shell programming in both python and perl for some time. I love 
both languages for different reasons. At the risk of sounding like language 
evangelicalism, though, I will advise you to use python exclusively. 
Sometimes without thinking I still reach for perl to do 'shell' scripting (by 
thinking in perl and beginning with the infamous "#! /usr/bin/perl -w"). In 
these cases I invariably finish and say to myself "I should have done this in 

Take a look at the "os" module.


On Tuesday 16 November 2004 07:52 pm, Caleb Hattingh wrote:
> Can python be used for shell programming?
> Absolutely.  Going through the python tutorial will take, say, 3 hours,
> and then you should be able to decide for yourself.
> As perl does?
> That is a very different question I don't think I am qualified to answer.
> On 16 Nov 2004 08:35:15 -0800, John <johnw822003 at> wrote:
> > Can python do Shell programming or system programming as perl does?
> > Thanks.
> >
> > John

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