Fabric: a System Administrator's Best Friend

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 10, 2013 6:32 AM EDT
Linux Journal; By Adrian Hannah
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Do you routinely make changes to more than a dozen machines at a time? Read this article to find out about a tool to make that task much easier. I'll be honest. Even though this library is fully five years old, I hadn't heard of Fabric until about six months ago. Now I can't imagine not having it in my digital tool belt. Fabric is a Python library/tool that is designed to use SSH to execute system administration and deployment tasks on one or more remote machines. No more running the same task, machine by machine, to make one change across the board. It is a simple fire-and-forget tool that will make your life so much simpler. Not only can you run simple tasks via SSH on multiple machines, but since you're using Python code to execute items, you can combine it with any arbitrary Python code to make robust, complex, elegant applications for deployment or administration tasks.

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