Sometimes there is a simple command line utility program that I want to use within a Python script. To do this, I use an interface called “sh”. To use sh, just install it with pip or easy_install:
And then import any command line program with it in your Python code:
>>> uptime = uptime()
>>> print uptime
20:57:10 up 3 days, 9:53, 4 users, load average: 0.20, 0.16, 0.21
You can also pass flags to the command line programs by adding them as parameters:
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This is the same as issuing this command via a terminal:
So each flag or argument is passed as a string parameter. This comes in really handy when you already know a GNU/Linux cli program that accomplishes your task exactly like you want it to.