Automate user response using expect / pyexpect scripting tool

A few days ago, I was having problem extracting temperature values from a few of our switches in our HPC cluster.  For some reason, the switches did not  support temperature monitoring through SNMP. They did allow ssh though. So I decided to write a script to automatically send username and password to those switches and execute a particular command to get my task done. Below are those sccripts. One uses expect and the other uses pyexpect :-

You will need to install expect and pyexpect on your system, using yum.
The following script will execute “ls -l” on a remote system.

#!/usr/bin/expect -f
#A simple example is a script that automates an ssh session:
set remote_server “localhost”
set my_user_id “kamran”
set my_password “redhat”
set my_command “ls -l”
spawn ssh $my_user_id@$remote_server $my_command
expect “?assword:*” {send “$my_password\r”}
send “\r”
send “exit\r”
expect eof


The following script uses python, and will execute “uptime” on a remote system:-

import pexpect
child = pexpect.spawn(COMMAND)
print child.before

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