[kwlug-disc] Scripting in Linux and unit.d

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Sun Jan 8 12:19:25 EST 2012

A gentleman named Albert O'Connor is interested in starting up WatPy,
a local Python user group.  He's tentatively scheduled Wednesday,
February 8 as the date of an initial organizational meeting.  I don't
have any other details, but I'll let him know there's interest here.


On Sun, Jan 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM, Michael Savage <msavage at golden.net> wrote:
> I am interested.
> Mike
> On 08/01/2012 3:33 AM, Bob Jonkman wrote:
>> Charles McColm and I were recently bitten by the
>> "We-want-to-be-Python-programmers" bug. On Friday at Ubuntu Hour we met a
>> fellow from London (ON).  Sadly, my memory has lost its parity bits and I
>> don't recall his name. Maybe "Mars" on the Ubuntu IRC channel? Anyway, he's
>> a professional Python programmer, and he said he might be willing to come
>> back to guide some of us newbies towards a life of Pythony goodness.  He
>> suggested we start with Mark Pilgrim's "Dive Into Python" or Zed A. Shaw's
>> "Learn Python The Hard Way".
>> Is there interest in learning Python within the ranks of KWLUG?  All we
>> need is a project to work on... The KWPUG  group seems to be defunct, but we
>> can strike out on our own.
>> --Bob.
>> Dive Into Python http://www.diveintopython.net/
>> Learn Python The Hard Way http://learnpythonthehardway.org/
>> KWPUG http://kwpug.org
>> Ubuntu Canada IRC channel irc://irc.freenode.net/#ubuntu-ca or
>> http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=ubuntu-ca
>> John Van Ostrand <john at netdirect.ca> wrote:
>>   Hi Colon,
>>   Scripting in Linux relies heavily on the vast array of programs
>>   either directly or indirectly.
>>   Bash is the command shell and is commonly used for scripting,
>>   especially in system start up. It uses external programs heavily. I
>>   usually start with bash and if it proves poor for the task I move to
>>   perl by massaging the script.
>>   Perl is a very flexible and powerful scripting language and it
>>   borrows a lot of syntax from bash, awk and grep. So learning bash
>>   helps with perl. It works well for parsing text files.
>>   Python seems to be one of the more recently popular scripting. With
>>   add-ons it's used for Fedora admin Gui programs. It also handles
>>   threading well and has lots of other add-on modules.
>>   There are lots of other options but these are the common workhorse
>>   apps for system-level scripting.
>>   Bash and the common linux commands are worth getting familiar with.
>>   Regular expressions are also commonly handy. These are the basics
>>   that I findf handy all the time.
>>   What are you trying to do?
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>>   *Sent*: Sat Jan 07 18:48:02 2012
>>   *Subject*: [kwlug-disc] Scripting in Linux and unit.d
>>   I'm not a programmer but I do understand some fundamentals and
>>   looking to learn some scripting so that I can automate some tasks.
>>   What would be a good way to learn this stuff.
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