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

Joe Wennechuk youcanreachmehere at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 9 08:32:18 EST 2012

I am going through Mark Pilgrims Book now. I am liking the book a lot. Some of the examples from the book I'm using don't apply to the most recent version of Python.I would love to find some like minded people. What version of Python would we be going through?
> Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2012 03:33:30 -0500
> From: bjonkman at sobac.com
> To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Scripting in Linux and unit.d
> 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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