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How to stop python from looking for .py files

I have a system with very little resources (embedded). Because of that I only installed the python .pyo files (=byte compiled & optimized) for my program. Now when such a program runs, python ...
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Execute shell commands in Python

I'm currently studying penetration testing and Python programming. I just want to know how I would go about executing a Linux command in Python. The commands I want to execute are: echo 1 > ...
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Sending the output from 'dd' to awk/sed/grep

I'm trying to approximate the computer's write speed using dd: dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/null bs=1K count=10000 which gives the following output 10000+0 records in 10000+0 records out 10240000 ...
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If any spawned child processes fail, kill all and exit

In my script I split up a data set into input_aa, input_ab, etc. Then, I run each through the same Python script, as such: # Execute program on each split file for part in input_*; do python3 ...
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What is the python equivalent of grep -v?

I like grep -v. I use it all the time. But I am also doing some text processing in python, and there is one crucial thing that I lack. Usually, I use grep -v to take extraneous stuff out of text. ...
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How can you change the process name of Wing IDE from python to something more descriptive

In my process list under Ubuntu (using top/System Monitor) one of the largest memory hogs (200+Mb) was python. I searched a bit for one of my programs to be the cause until I realised this was my ...
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Run Python script on startup

Running on Ubuntu Karmic. I need to execute the following (updated) script at boot time #!/bin/sh # /etc/init.d/scripts # Description: Starts Python scripts # ————————————————– # ### BEGIN INIT INFO ...
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Configure Python to include another directory when looking for packages

I'm on a SUSE machine where the default Python site-packages location is /usr/lib64/python2.6/site-packages. Some packages automatically install themselves in /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages instead. ...
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apt python error prevents me from resolving dependency problems for apt-get install

On Debian 6 servers dependency issues are preventing me from installing nis (or any package). When I try to resolve that issue I get a python error. How do I get past this issue and re-gain the ...
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Arch Linux: python and python2 are in conflict

I've recently installed Arch Linux onto my primary (Ubuntu) computer, and it is working really well for me. It's fast, configurable, basically a faster version of Ubuntu. Since compiz-fusion isn't ...
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Running Deamon Involving GPIO on Pi

I have a daemon that monitors various things using the GPIO ports. I have used python to write the code for this using the RPi.GPIO module. I would like to ensure that the daemon is always running, ...
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Measuring Python script bandwidth usage

I have a python script that uses urllibs to parse some web pages, and uses selenium to scrape pages with javascript, and I would like to know its cumulative bandwidth usage. I've looked at nethogs, ...
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Tilling window manager written in Python

Is there any tiling manager like XMonad but written with Python? I think Haskell was too hard for me. But I know python a little.
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How to grab the oldest unread message from `mail` in a script?

In a script I am trying to finish writing now, I need to get the oldest unread message from the current user's mailbox (specifically, I need the subject line for this project). After extracting the ...
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Python not recognizing LD_LIBRARY_PATH?

I am trying to install Python2.7 on cr-48 chromebook in developer mode, and face a weird issue that I am having hard time searching for a solution on google. First some background.. the root partition ...
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FreeBSD: Can't install Python 2.7

I can't seem to be able to install Python 2.7 on my FreeBSD system. Here is some info: # portsnap update Ports tree is already up to date. Version: # uname -r 7.1-RELEASE Installation: # cd ...
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Using OGG/Vorbis, is there a way to continue to record to an existing audio file?

I am using Vorbis/ogg to record audio (using arecord and then pipping to oggenc). I have downloaded oggvideotools, which gave me oggCat, which will let me join two previously recorded audio files into ...
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how to execute a bash command in a python script

How can I launch a bash command with multiple args (for example "sudo apt update") from a python script?
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Creating deb and rpm from the same source

Is there a standard for source packages to be able to build rpms, debs (and perhaps others) without too much customization? I'm talking mostly about Python, PyQt programs.
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Upgrade matplotlib to 1.2 or 1.3

I am trying to upgrade my python matplotlib but for some reason I can't get it to upgrade. I originally installed matplotlib with: apt-get install python-matplotlib which was fine. However it ...
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Aliasing 'python' to 'ipython' only when 'python' is run without args

I thought it would be nice to have an alias (in ~/.zshrc) to have 'python' aliased to 'ipython' ONLY when 'python' is run without args (otherwise, programs won't launch). First of all, how to express ...
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Output of a python script running as unit is out of order while shells seems unnafected

How would I get all outputs of systemd managed python2 script instantly into journal, just like it appears in terminal I'm on centos 7, but seems to be same on arch according to systemd manual, ...
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Count and merge consecutive patterns

I'm searching for a short snippet to find, count and merge consecutive duplicates using standard tools or a common scripting language. Say our input is: 1 2 2 2 7 22 a b b c c c c c d dd 2 2 c c ...
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Reading amount of tracks from an audio CD?

I'm writing a little script to analyze audio CDs. I'm specifically looking for a way to grab the track count from the CD, either from a shell-script or from Python. Is there an easy way to do this? ...
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Help me repair my python - I think dpkg has to be reset (very tricky issue)

first question in Unix & Linux - I really hope, someone can help... Summary (TL;DR) On my Kubuntu 14.4 (which has python 2.7.6 as standard) my python is broken after I tried to install python ...
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'NoneType' object has no attribute 'decompressobj' while installing Bootstrap setuptools

I have just started (as in 30 minutes ago) to use Ubuntu 12.04 (all my previous experience is with windows) and I just started to learn how to program a couple of weeks ago so this is probably a ...
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How do I make Kate indent with spaces on Python files but use tabs for text files and other files?

My goal is to set Kate up to work properly on Python files but to use different settings (tabs not spaces) on other documents. I'm sure others are doing this, but I can't figure out a convenient ...
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Python 2.7 and 2.6 coexist on the same machine

I want to follow a guide to install some software on a ReadyNas Duo (sparc). The guide indicates I need python 2.7, but I already have 2.6 installed. ~# which python /usr/bin/python ~# ls -al ...
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How to use cron + python to regularly adjust screen brightness?

I want to use cron and this script (http://askubuntu.com/questions/23593/use-webcam-to-sense-lighting-condition-and-adjust-screen-brightness): import opencv import opencv.highgui import time import ...
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What is the easiest way to check if column A and B values goes both ways with AWK? [closed]

What is the easiest way to check if column A and B values goes both ways? Output to check: Mike John John Mike Pamela Barbara Barbara Pamela Mike Paul Roger Paul Desired output Mike <-> ...
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Replace multiline string in files

I have a number of files I want to update by replacing one multi-line string with another multi-line string. Something along the lines of: * Some text, * something else * another thing And I want ...
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How Can I Automate the Change between a Python Script and a Nohup Python Script?

I have a Raspberry Pi connected to a digital temperature probe, which measures my fermenting beer. A python script reads the temperature every second and prints it to the console, and stores it in a ...
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Can I upgrade to a new version of Python on an old version of Ubuntu?

I have Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS and ran this: $ sudo apt-get install python2.7 I got this: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Couldn't find ...
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is there a way to get the url from current tab in google-chrome?

I used to do that on firefox using a python command, but recently something changed and I can't get the URL anymore! What used to work with firefox: #!/bin/bash current_tab_num () { python2 ...
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Where is the default device name (e.g. /dev/ttyUSBx) specified?

I'm investigating dynamic device name mapping via udev. The goal: On a multi user system, each user can allocate and free devices like usb-serial converters or PCIe cards (FPGAs). If an user ...
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certificate errors trying to create a virtualenv on old Ubuntu

On an old Ubuntu 8.04 (cannot upgrade yet) I need to create a Python virtualenv, install some packages and then my software. I do get certificate errors: Could not fetch URL ...
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fail2ban log parsing too slow on Raspberry Pi - options?

I'm running fail2ban on a Raspberry Pi at 950MHz which I cannot overclock further. The Pi is occasionally subject to SYN floods on particular ports. I've set up iptables to throttle the rate of SYNs ...
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How can I run tcpdump from a Python script without AppArmor complaining?

For inconvenient reasons going beyond the scope of this question, I have to run tcpdump from within a Python script. I currently just call subprocess.Popen(['tcpdump', ...) and everything works just ...
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How to do a binary install of Python 2.7 on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11?

My SLES11 box came with Python 2.6 installed. I would like to upgrade to 2.7. What is the easiest way to do this?
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Display cron job times in a human-friendly format

Is there a way to display or is there a tool that can parse a crontab expression and display it in a human-friendly way? 10 6 * * * sh /usr/local/crons/file_check.sh For example, for the above cron ...
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Installing python modules for python2.6

On my CentOS 5.8 system (el5 , 64bit), I had python2.4 after OS install and I installed python2.6 now. Now I want to install python modules using yum. But whenever I install a new python module it ...
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Enable sqlite FTS Enhanced Query Syntax in python in RHEL6?

SQLite's full text search engine offers a simple query syntax (with AND and OR operators and -term for negation), as well as an enhanced query syntax which also allows parenthesis and NEAR — as well ...
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Why do I receive a “/bin/bash cannot find command” error for an alias?

I am using multiple python, I alias python3 to py: alias py="/opt/python3.4/bin/python3" I want to run python in vim so I write this: map <F9> :call SpecialCompileRun()<CR> func! ...
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Delete XML node containing certain element

I want to remove all Placemarks from a KML file that contain the element <tessellate>. The following block should be wholly removed: <Placemark> ...
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How to change the working directory for a shell script

I have a Python script that looks files up in a relative directory. For example: the Python script is in /home/username/projectname/. I have a file that is being called within the Python script that ...
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How can I make a bash script that determines if a program is already running

There is a python program I am making, and I am planning to have it launch via a bash script. However the program acts badly when the computer tries to launch it twice. Since I really only need this ...
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Python-friendly machine configuration management systems

Are there machine configuration management systems akin to: Puppet Chef which are natively, or at least intimately, Python-friendly? Any recommendations with supporting evidence and/or backing ...
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How to test UPSTART feature of ubuntu to see my script gets restarted automatically if it gets killed?

I am running my Python script using upstart feature of Ubuntu so that if for whatever reason my Python script dies or gets killed, it can be restarted automatically. So I decided to use UPSTART ...
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Unable to pass a bash variable as a python argument in bash

For some reason I cannot pass the bash variable $FOLDER as a python argument on the following code. The python script downloads some files from amazon s3. Bash script: #!/bin/bash FOLDER=$(./aws get ...
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On Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 how can I use Python 2.7 as default not Python 2.6? I did but still showing 2.6?

RHEL 6.2 I have python 2.6 but I need default python 2.7 using yum packaging (so that nothing goes messed up, cause its a heavy duty working system, all I need the python 2.7 on it, without messing ...