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Linux and UNIX How To: Scripting SSH and SFTP

Dec 10, 2008, 04:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy M. Jones)

"This is where Python and paramiko come in. paramiko is a library for Python that provides a programmatic interface to SSH. This combination of Python and SSH allows you to drive SSH tasks you would normally perform manually.

"Installation of paramiko is pretty simple. If you're using Ubuntu or Debian, installation is a simple "sudo apt-get install python-paramiko" command in a terminal. If you aren't using Ubuntu or Debian, you can check to see if your system provides a package for paramiko. If it doesn't, then you can always use easy_install: "sudo easy_install paramiko".

"After installing, the next step is to create an SSHClient object and connect it to an SSH server. I've created a module named "ssh_common.py" that contains a function to connect to a specific server on my network and then return an "ssh" object."

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