Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 14th Sep 2007 23:08 UTC
General Development As a system administrator, you run across numerous challenges and problems. Managing users, disk space, processes, devices, and backups can cause many system administrators to lose their hair, good humor, or sanity. Shell scripts can help, but they often have frustrating limitations. This is where a full-featured scripting language, such as Python, can turn a tedious task into an easy one. Python is a scripting language that looks like it was made for system administrators.
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RE: Not quite so fast cowboy
by Dasher42 on Sat 15th Sep 2007 00:37 UTC in reply to "Not quite so fast cowboy"
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There is 1 problem with Python as a language for a "Systems Administrator". That problem is that perl is installed by default on ever unix variant under the sun and python isn't.

Subjectively, I disagree with that style of thinking. As a system administrator, you should know how to work in a minimal environment, yes. But to suggest that you shouldn't avail yourself of a good tool because some vendor doesn't put it in a default install sounds either too narrowly focused on barebones without acknowledging that not everyone wants such a thing, or stagnant. I want neither.

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