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Fabric, Python and remote running scripts

As a systems administrator, I occasionally need to run a script on a number of machines, be it to diagnose an intermittent issue, gather some ad-hoc statistics, or what have you. As such I have a small library of scripts, each with an aptly-named Fabric task defined in a fabfile. Of course, each of these tasks is almost identical: copy script to remote server, run (either as a regular user, or as root). I finally tired of repeating myself, and decided to solve this once and for all (obligatory xkcd).

To wit: presenting a Python snippet for turning a directory of scripts into remote-running Fabric tasks. Like magic.

Just drop __init__.py into a folder containing your executable scripts, and import script_dir from your existing fabfile.py. Each script file will then be available as a task named script_dir.script_name.

import os
import os.path
import re

import fabric.api
import fabric.tasks

SCRIPT_DIR = os.path.dirname(os.path.realpath(__file__))
SUDO_PREFIX = re.compile(r'/(root|sudo)_?', re.I)

class ScriptTask(fabric.tasks.Task):
    def __init__(self, script_path, name=None, sudo=False):
        super(ScriptTask, self).__init__()
        self.script_path = script_path
        self.script_name = os.path.basename(script_path)
        self.name = name or os.path.splitext(self.script_name)[0]
        self.sudo = sudo
        if sudo:
            self.remote_path = '/root/{}'.format(self.script_name)
            self.remote_path = '/tmp/{}'.format(self.script_name)

    def run(self):
        if self.sudo:

__all__ = []
tasks = {}

for filename in os.listdir(SCRIPT_DIR):
    if filename in ["__init__.py", ]:
    filename = os.path.join(SCRIPT_DIR, filename)
    if os.path.isfile(filename) and os.access(filename, os.X_OK):
        task_is_sudo = bool(SUDO_PREFIX.search(filename))
        task = ScriptTask(filename, sudo=task_is_sudo)
        tasks[task.name] = task

for task_name, task in tasks.iteritems():
    globals()[task_name] = task

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