How to program in Python to run system commands in 1000s of servers

bruce bushby bruce.bushby at gmail.com
Wed Apr 6 09:12:46 CEST 2011


Hi Roy

Two things you can look at:

func
https://fedorahosted.org/func/

mcollective
http://docs.puppetlabs.com/mcollective/






On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 2:24 AM, Roy Smith <roy at panix.com> wrote:

> In article <mailman.52.1302022780.9059.python-list at python.org>,
>  geremy condra <debatem1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 7:51 AM, Babu <babukk at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Here is my problem:  Want to program in python to run sysadmin
> > > commands across 1000s of servers and gather the result in one place.
> > > Many times the commands need to be run as root.  We cannot use ssh as
> > > root remote connectivity as well.  What are the different ways of
> > > programming in python to achieve this?
> >
> > There are a bajillion ways to do it badly, but SSH sounds like the
> > right tool for the job here. You really don't want your remote admin
> > system compromised, and fabric makes this kind of thing really much
> > less painful.
>
> Agreed on the fabric (fabfile.org) recommendation.  We've been using it
> for about 6 months.  Very handy.
>
> I'm not sure how to parse:
>
> > We cannot use ssh as root remote connectivity as well.
>
> but with 1000's of servers, I really don't see any alternative to ssh,
> with key authentication.  You don't really propose to type passwords at
> 1000's of machines, do you?
>
> As far as fabric goes, it's not perfect, but it's pretty good and if you
> try to roll your own alternative, you will likely 1) waste a lot of time
> and money and 2) end up with an inferior solution.
>
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