Help with parsing a dict from Vendor's API?

Nick Ellson nickolas.ellson at gmail.com
Wed Oct 15 15:35:57 CEST 2014


Thank you Peter! 

That makes sense, and I did find "pprint" that dumped it out aligned so I could actually see the nested layers you are referring to. 

That got me my IP's. :-) I'll play with this now and see if I can harvest something targeted.. Like list all device host names running code 4.1.9, or display the serial number of the device with hostname 'foo'

That should get me on my way to productive fun :-)

Nick

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> On Oct 15, 2014, at 2:22 AM, Peter Otten <__peter__ at web.de> wrote:
> 
> Nick Ellson wrote:
> 
>> Hello!
>> 
>> I have a very specific question related to the output of a Vendors API
>> (Palo Alto Networks "pan.xapi" and how I might farm data from this output.
>> I am new to python, doing well in the tutorials, but this is an automation
>> task at work and I know the rest will be much easier once i get past the
>> ability to read this dict.
>> 
>> The code reaches in to the central Palo Alto firewall manager (Panorama)
>> and executes a simple command to return all of the information for each of
>> the managed firewalls in the field. It captured this output in XML I
>> believe, but has the ability to return it in python dict format too, which
>> looked like probably the best format to use. Here is the test I tried
>> 
>> <snip>
>> xapi.op(cmd='show devices connected', cmd_xml=True )
>> MyDict=xapi.xml_python()
>> print (type(MyDict))
>> print (MyDict)
>> <snip>
>> 
>> and I get: (This displays only 2 firewalls of the 180, so you can see the
>> structure, and that python does say it is a "dict")
>> 
>> bertha bin # ./test.py
>> <class 'dict'>
>> {'response': {'result': {'devices': {'entry': [{'av-version': '1391-1863',
>> 'unsupported-version': False, 'ip-address': '1.8.2.8', 'sw-version':
>> '4.1.9', 'vsys': {'entry': [{'name': 'vsys1', 'shared-policy-md5sum':
>> '8a8dcd146e24bd750ae571059bc09210', 'shared-policy-status': None,
>> 'display-name': 'vsys1'}]}, 'uptime': '350 days, 14:29:49',
>> 'threat-version': '460-2394', 'operational-mode': 'normal', 'multi-vsys':
>> False, 'global-protect-client-package-version': '0.0.0', 'app-version':
>> '460-2394', 'model': 'PA-200', 'connected': True, 'name': '001606000002',
>> 'family': '200', 'url-filtering-version': '4390', 'vpn-disable-mode':
>> False, 'logdb-version': '4.1.2', 'serial': '001606000002', 'hostname':
>> 'bob-int-fw'}, {'av-version': '1391-1863', 'unsupported-version': False,
>> 'ip-address': '1.9.8.8', 'sw-version': '4.1.9', 'vsys': {'entry':
>> [{'name': 'vsys1', 'shared-policy-md5sum':
>> '8a8dcd146e24bd750ae571059bc09210', 'shared-policy-status': None,
>> 'display-name': 'vsys1'}]}, 'uptime': '358 days, 0:03:20',
>> 'threat-version': '460-2394', 'operational-mode': 'normal', 'multi-vsys':
>> False, 'global-protect-client-package-version': '0.0.0', 'app-version':
>> '460-2394', 'model': 'PA-200', 'connected': True, 'name': '001606000009',
>> 'family': '200', 'url-filtering-version': '4390', 'vpn-disable-mode':
>> False, 'logdb-version': '4.1.2', 'serial': '001606008639', 'hostname':
>> 'bib-int-fw'}, <****repeats for 180 firewalls****> ]}}, 'status':
>> 'success'}}
>> 
>> 
>> What I want is to parse through each firewall grabbing the "ip-address"
>> value so that I can dump it to a list:
>> 
>> <ip>
>> <ip>
>> <ip>
>> 
>> For use in another network management tool so I don't rely on outsourced
>> help to remember to place teh firewalls into the correct tools.
>> 
>> But dang if every dict tutorial seems to deal with slightly simpler
>> looking structures than what this puts out. I would be very appreciative
>> with help stepping out of the 6 line "address book/grocery list" example
>> world for a taste of something useful :-)
>> 
>> Maybe to a Python coder, it maybe a simple even be able to randomly
>> reference a firewall index number and teh value in this structure so one
>> can easily just pluck any A/V pair at will.. just not for me yet :-D
> 
> Look at your dict (I use the name 'd' instead of 'MyDict'):
> 
> d = {"response": {"result": ...}
> 
> So
> 
> d["response"]
> 
> will give you 
> 
> {"result": {"devices": ...}
> 
> A good tool to explore a data structure like this is the interactive 
> interpreter. If you invoke the script with
> 
> python -i test.py
> 
> you have all its global variables available, i. e.
> 
>>>> MyDict
> { ... } # you should see the dictionary contents
> 
> 
> On we go:
> 
> d["response"]["result"]
> 
> will give
> 
> {"devices": {"entry": ...}
> 
> Next step:
> 
> d["response"]["result"]["devices"]
> 
> -->
> 
> {"entry": [...]
> 
> That's a list for change, so you loop over it:
> 
> entries = d["response"]["result"]["devices"]["entry"]
> for entry in entries:
>    print(entry) # --> {..., 'ip-address': '1.8.2.8', ... }
> 
> So the final code is:
> 
> for entry in d["response"]["result"]["devices"]["entry"]:
>    print(entry["ip-address"])
> 
> 
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