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Linux Programming Systems Administration

Tips for doing “shell” scripting in Python

I’ve been moving a bunch of my shell scripts to python recently, because of how much better it handles the concept of “a process didn’t run successfully”. Consider the bash script: What happens here if Command 2 fails? Note that we still get the success message at the end – bash silently ignored our error-ing […]

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General Tech Linux Systems Administration

New Project – coconut-deadmanswitch – A tool to monitor Cron Jobs and Scheduled Tasks

I’ve started a new project! I recently talked about my experiments with coconut-lang here: https://jaytuckey.name/2020/10/25/thoughts-on-coconut-the-compile-to-python-functional-language-extension/ I’ve now started a project using coconut! It’s what I’m calling a “Dead Man’s Switch” (DMS) monitoring tool. The idea is this: Every cron job / scheduled task sends an update to the DMS monitor The monitor records the updates […]

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Linux Programming

Thoughts on Coconut – the Compile-to-Python Functional Language Extension

Today I have been playing with the Coconut Language – see http://coconut-lang.org/ – so I thought I would put down some thoughts on using it, going through what I like and find interesting. What Is Coconut? So what is coconut? From their website: Coconut is a functional programming language that compiles to Python. One super-neat […]

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Linux Networking Systems Administration

A script to bring Cisco Switch VLAN data into phpIPAM

We have recently set up an IPAM at my workplace, the excellent phpIPAM – https://phpipam.net/ I went through our install and added all our subnets into the IPAM, but to make the data much more useful we wanted to have the VLAN information also: However, I didn’t want to go through by hand, adding each […]

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Linux Systems Administration

A bind9 Rest API tool – bind-rest-api

I made an API for bind9! Recently I have been looking for an api for a bind server. I found an existing project, https://github.com/dmyerscough/BIND-RESTful, which is quite nice but didn’t have some of the functionality I needed. I looked at updating the existing project, but instead decided to write a new API from scratch, inspired […]

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Linux Networking Systems Administration

A script to scan a network range and create Kea DHCP reservations for devices it finds

This script is very simple. It will scan a network range attached to the device it is run from, and will turn what it finds into a list of reservations for the Kea dhcp server – https://kea.readthedocs.io/ You run it something like this, giving it a network range to scan. Then network should be a […]

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General Tech IoT Linux

Making a phone notification tool using Discord Webhooks

Reading Jlelse’s blog here (https://jlelse.blog/dev/telegram-go/) I realised there is another alternative to using an automation tool like IFTTT or Microsoft Power Automate, is to use a messaging app like Discord or Telegram. Previous post on the same topic:https://jaytuckey.name/2020/04/21/making-a-simple-phone-notification-tool-using-ifttt-available-on-a-free-account/ Creating the Discord Notification Webhook To make a personal notifier using discord you will need to make […]

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General Tech Linux Powershell Systems Administration

Making a simple phone notification tool using IFTTT – Available on a Free Account

I previously made a guide on how to create a notifier using Microsoft Power Automate: https://jaytuckey.name/2020/04/21/making-a-simple-phone-notification-tool-using-microsoft-power-automate-previously-microsoft-flow/ However, the Request trigger used in that flow is only available on a premium account so many people won’t be able to use it without a work account. For those people, here’s how to make the same thing using […]

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General Tech Linux Powershell Systems Administration

Making a simple phone notification tool using Microsoft Power Automate (previously Microsoft Flow)

Note – The “Request” trigger used in this post is only available on a Premium Power Automate account. If you want this for personal use, I suggest you look at using IFTTT instead, see my guide here: https://jaytuckey.name/2020/04/21/making-a-simple-phone-notification-tool-using-ifttt-available-on-a-free-account/ Many of us have access through our work to Microsoft Power Automate, previously called Microsoft Flow. With […]

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Linux Networking Systems Administration

A script to connect to a Cisco switch and backup the running-config using Python3 and Paramiko

I have been trying to find a way to create a regular backup of my Cisco switch’s running-config, so I can store it in my normal backups. However, after searching online I was able to find some tools that were almost there, but nothing that was quite as flexible as I needed, so I wrote […]