How to handle calling functions from cli

Chris Rebert clp2 at
Fri Feb 24 23:41:28 CET 2012

On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM, Rodrick Brown <rodrick.brown at> wrote:
> I have a bunch of sub routines that run independently to perform various system checks on my servers. I wanted to get an opinion on the following code I have about 25 independent checks and I'm adding the ability to disable certain checks that don't apply to certain hosts.
> m = { 'a': 'checkDisks()',
>          'b': 'checkMemSize()',
>          'c': 'checkBondInterfaces()'
>    }
>    parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description='Parse command line args.')
>    parser.add_argument('-x', action="store", dest="d")
>    r = parser.parse_args(sys.argv[1:])
>    runlist = [ c for c in m.keys() if c not in r.d ]
>    for runable in runlist:
>        eval(m[runable])
> I'm using temp variable names for now until I find an approach I like.
> Is this a good approach ? It doesn't look too pretty and to be honest feels awkward?

You should make use of the fact that functions are first-class objects
in Python:

m = { 'a': checkDisks,
    'b': checkMemSize,
    'c': checkBondInterfaces }
# …
for runable in runlist:


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