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Ext2: Automating interactive tasks with expect and crontab

Jul 27, 1999, 06:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Freddy Wissing)

Thanks to Rob Kennedy for this link.

"If you find yourself once a day manually grinding through a large FTP session to either upload files to a particular directory, or to manually download them from somewhere, or if your bandwidth only allows efficient downloading of large files when there's nobody there, including you, then this article will be of some assistance to you."

"Expect and it's graphical cousin, expectk are extensions to the TCL/TK languages."

"Expect in it's simplest form, can be used effectively with only two commands, expect and send.

"This article will focus on only the basic features of expect."

"The flexibility of expect combined with the power of crontab can have a lot of work done for you by the time you come in in the morning with your bagel and frappuchino. Linux's value can be greatly enhanced in the enterprise by a little creativity with powerful tools like these."

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