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Jython, SSH etc etc

I am doing some automation stuff these days. This involves remotely interacting with servers via SSH. Ideally I would like to automate some of the processes so I was looking around for ways of doing that with Python or Java.

First I looked into Python which appears to have a couple of solutions:
http://wiki.python.org/moin/SecureShell

kinda banged my head against setting up the various libs before I gave up. So I looked into the Java alternatives. The best options appear to be:

  1. http://www.jcraft.com/jsch/ - popular but docs are a little hard to find/read
  2. http://www.ganymed.ethz.ch/ssh2/ - better docs than jsch

So I decided to download my favorite environment for playing around with Java - jython and was up & running a cmd on a remote box in around 5 mins and piping it's output.

While I agree that a dev is most productive with the tools that the person is most familiar with, once again I find jython to be quite awesome when it comes to just trying out a library.

There's a very nice plugin for Eclipse too.