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Fri 17 February 2017

A useful reference is Python Module of the Week

Simple hello world

#!/usr/bin/env python

from __future__ import print_function

def main():
	print('hello world')

if __name__ == '__main__':

Linux Fixing Python Path

Edit /etc/python3.4/sitecustomize.py:

import sys, os
my_site = os.path.join(os.environ['HOME'],
sys.path.insert(0, my_site)

For some retarded reason, I keep installing updates with pip3, but it doesn't see them in /usr/local/lib/python3.4/ .. directory, it looks in /usr/lib/python3.4 ...

The Future is Now

The future library backports some potentially useful python3 code to python2:

from __future__ import print_function # changes print to a function instead of a statement
from __future__ import division       # all division is floating point

print('hello!')  # now a function

1/3   # result is 0.333, float division ... similar to other languages
10//3 # result is 3, this is integer division

Other capabilities can be found in the docs.

Temporary Files and Folders

Create a simple temp file:

import os
import tempfile

print 'TemporaryFile:'
temp = tempfile.TemporaryFile()
        print 'temp:', temp
        print 'temp.name:', temp.name
        # Automatically cleans up the file

Create a temp folder:

import os
import tempfile

directory_name = tempfile.mkdtemp()
print directory_name

# Clean up the directory yourself

Serial Comm

A simple python script is:

import serial

# s = serial.Serial('/dev/ttyS0', 19200, timeout=1)
s = serial.Serial()
s.baudrate = 19200
s.port = '/dev/serial0'


Get platform info:

import platform

print 'Platform     :', platform.platform()
print 'System       :', platform.system()
print 'Version      :', platform.python_version()
print 'Version tuple:', platform.python_version_tuple()
print 'Compiler     :', platform.python_compiler()
print 'Build        :', platform.python_build()

Will output something like this for linux:

Platform     : Linux-4.4.48-v7+-armv7l-with-debian-8.0
System       : Linux
Version      : 2.7.9
Version tuple: ('2', '7', '9')
Compiler     : GCC 4.9.2
Build        : ('default', 'Sep 17 2016 20:26:04')


Netaddr has a lot of useful functions for working with ip addresses.

>>> import netaddr
>>> dir(netaddr)
['AddrConversionError', 'AddrFormatError', 'EUI', 'IAB', 'INET_PTON', 'IPAddress', 'IPGlob', 'IPNetwork', 'IPRange', 'IPSet', 'N', 'NOHOST', 'NotRegisteredError', 'OUI', 'P', 'STATUS', 'SubnetSplitter', 'VERSION', 'Z', 'ZEROFILL', '__builtins__', '__doc__', '__file__', '__name__', '__package__', '__path__', '__version__', '_sys', 'all_matching_cidrs', 'base85_to_ipv6', 'cidr_abbrev_to_verbose', 'cidr_exclude', 'cidr_merge', 'cidr_to_glob', 'compat', 'contrib', 'core', 'eui', 'eui64_bare', 'eui64_base', 'eui64_cisco', 'eui64_unix', 'eui64_unix_expanded', 'glob_to_cidrs', 'glob_to_iprange', 'glob_to_iptuple', 'ip', 'iprange_to_cidrs', 'iprange_to_globs', 'ipv6_compact', 'ipv6_full', 'ipv6_to_base85', 'ipv6_verbose', 'iter_iprange', 'iter_nmap_range', 'iter_unique_ips', 'largest_matching_cidr', 'mac_bare', 'mac_cisco', 'mac_eui48', 'mac_pgsql', 'mac_unix', 'mac_unix_expanded', 'smallest_matching_cidr', 'spanning_cidr', 'strategy', 'valid_eui64', 'valid_glob', 'valid_ipv4', 'valid_ipv6', 'valid_mac', 'valid_nmap_range']
>>> netaddr.valid_ipv4('')
>>> netaddr.valid_ipv4('')

Get IP Address from Interface

import os, re

def getIP(iface):
        search_str = 'ip addr show wlan0'.format(iface)
        ipv4 = re.search(re.compile(r'(?<=inet )(.*)(?=\/)', re.M), os.popen(search_str).read()).groups()[0]
        ipv6 = re.search(re.compile(r'(?<=inet6 )(.*)(?=\/)', re.M), os.popen(search_str).read()).groups()[0]
        return (ipv4, ipv6)


A really good resource for network programming with python is here


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