My first script

I have finished my first real attempt at Python.

Nothing too complicated, just a simple script:

  • Python 3 (of course!)
  • minimal modules for max portability
  • pull information from Xymon and parse it
  • pull RAID and disk information using omreport and parse it to obtain a list of disks failed/in predictive failure, serial numbers, etc.
  • generate a report and print a template
  • follow the disk rebuild when the option -p is used, wrap the screen refresh in curses and wait for ‘q’ to be pressed then exit

I am sure it can be improved and made a lot better, as well as I am sure I did some horrible mistake somewhere. But it’s a start.

Find it on GitHub:

Now that this project is finished I can focus on the #100DaysOfCode in Python.

TIL Python3 functions all() and str()

All this time, the solution to my problems was just in front of my eyes.

While I am procrastinating getting ready for the 100DaysOfCode challenge, I am working on a project to rewrite a bash script in Python3.

Today I solved two problems in one go. I am sure the experienced coder would have done it in a minute and with time to spare, but hey that’s how we learn.

My first problem was to nicely transform a list of strings in a way that would make it easier to do multiple regex search on it.

The list looks like this:

ID : 0:0:2
Status : Non-Critical
Name : Physical Disk 0:0:2
State : Online
Failure Predicted : Yes
Progress : Not Applicable
Bus Protocol : SAS
Media : HDD

It is the result of a command (omreport storage pdisk controller=0) that gathers information about the disks status.

After a closer look I discovered that each item of the list is a byte object (b'ID : 0:0:2') and needs to be transformed to a string type. Also, I wanted to make a nice block for each disk.

This did the trick:

for i in omreport:
    disk_string += str(i, 'utf-8')
blocks = disk_string.split("\n\n")

Note the ‘utf-8’ encoding. More here.

Now blocks is a list of multi-line strings (real strings!) that can be processed with re.findall:

found1 = re.findall(r'^ID\s+\:\s(.*)\n', block, re.MULTILINE)
found2 = re.findall(r'^Status\s+\:\s(.*)\n', block, re.MULTILINE)
found3 = re.findall(r'^State\s+\:\s(\w+)\n', block, re.MULTILINE)

From here we can build a tuple formed by all the information needed and work with that.

found = (found1, found2, found3)

But the last bit is: how can we make sure that the tuple is not empty? How can we throw away something like this: ([], [], []).

And here comes all() to the rescue. More here.

This, again, did the trick:

if all(found):

100DaysOfCode checklist

I am about to start my 100DaysOfCode challenge in Python.

I am assuming everyone is familiar with the concept, but if you want to know more here’s some reading/listening material:

I will be following the course “#100DaysOfCode in Python” by Michael Kennedy, Bob Belderbos and Julian Sequeira.

Try is my pre-flight checklist:

  • ✓ setup a dedicated python3 environment on my DigitalOcean development droplet
  • clone the course GitHub repository
  • ✓ tune on an online radio to help focus (either SomFM: Groove Salad or Radio Swiss Classic)
  • ✓ undust my website (last post is dated 2015!) and my twitter account
  • code

(mostly a reminder to myself)

Ugrade from Wheezy to Jessie

The time has come to upgrade my BanaPi (running Bananian) from Debian 7 (Wheezy) to Debian 8 (Jessie).
I am thankful for the amazing documentation. It’s going to be fun.

Other small projects I am running at the moment: solve a kernel panic on a Gentoo box, set up services on various VMs that I am running for experiment/fun/learning.

Study for my certifications and working on different Linux projects, this is a good way to spend a Satuday isn’t it?
But then I deserve a nice dinner out with my gf.


It’s quite fun if I think to it: I am pretty sure one of the old posts on the old version of my website was about me having fun installing Gentoo.

And now, here I am again: having fun with Gentoo.
Just created a VM and going to run again through the amazing documentation and the Gentoo Wiki.

For science!

Speaking of the old website, I need to find time to either import it into WordPress or just convert and link to the static version, which may be a lot easier…


Podcast fun

This is a bit new to me.

In the past I rarely had time to listen to anything going to work. And to be fair I had nothing, as in a device or a player, that would make it easier to play podcasts.

Now I am quite enjoying to listen to podcasts on my way to work. Most of them are related to Linux, this is my (little) list so far in an absolutely random order:

Any suggestion is more than welcome.

6 Sept 2015, added a link to Linux Luddites

a fresh start

 “If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there.”
Albert Camus, The Stranger

I needed a fresh start, a change of air.

It has been almost two years since I started a new chapter and moved to a different place, different life.
Today I am starting from scratch the website too, took me a bit to find time for this.

As always, it is going to be a work in progress.