Ah, the lazyweb. Today, I’m putting together content for a class I’m teaching on basic Linux administration, but during my meeting with a group of trainees to determine the scope of the course, they requested that I completely skip any coverage of “perl -e” one-liners, and show them the Python equivalents. Of course, I found this page, which has a few, but I figured I’d put out the call for more, just to get a good collection of ideas, and a higher-level idea of how people are using Python for system administration for ‘quick-n-dirty’ jobs. If I get a bunch of interesting ones, I’ll collect them all somewhere for easy reference (or add them to the wiki linked above?), so link this callout wherever pythonistas can be found.
Oddly enough, my experience with Python has me going in the completely opposite direction: I don’t write as many one-liners as I did with perl. If it’s not obvious to me how to do something with sed, awk, grep, find, xargs, and the “regular” tools, I write a Python script. I’ve tried remembering some things I used nasty Perl one-liners for, but I guess they were sufficiently nasty that I’ve forgotten them.