[Tutor] writing to the shell

Erik Price erikprice@mac.com
Sun, 17 Feb 2002 18:16:13 -0500

Hello, everyone,

I have a quick question:

I wrote a bash shell script that takes a single argument, namely, a 
filename.  It performs some check to see if the name conforms to a 
certain structure (I used shell globbing to do this, but could easily 
use Python's regexes, though I don't know how to do that), and if it 
matches, it temporarily changes the name of the file to something else 
and then executes the scp command with the new name as the argument to 

As a learning exercise, i was thinking of turning this into a Python 
script.  I don't want a how-to on actually writing the code (esp since 
it's already written), but how can I access my shell from a Python 

Thanks for the answer to this question, it will be my first "functional" 
python script.