Friday, March 23, 2007


To script telnet or ssh or ftp, I use pexpect; but for system administration of similar machines, I'm trying out tentakel (on OS X and Linux) and its ssh module.

Here's where I am so far:

  • Download tentakel
  • Expand it
  • Go into that directory
  • make
  • sudo make install
  • cd
  • mkdir .tentakel
  • cd .tentakel
  • cp /usr/local/share/doc/tentakel/tentakel.conf.example ~/. tentakel/tentakel.conf

If you get an error message, set PYTHONPATH to your site-packages directory.

$ tentakel

Traceback (most recent call last):

File "/usr/local/bin/tentakel", line 42, in ?

import lekatnet.error as error

ImportError: No module named lekatnet.error

$ export PYTHONPATH=/usr/local/lib/python2.3/site-packages

$ tentakel

interactive mode

tentakel(default)> quit


Next stop, password-less ssh! It slows down the utility of tentakel running the same command on multiple machines when I have to enter my password serially.

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