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README.md

Python for Mac Admins

This is a collection of Python code snippets and scripts that was used throughout my Python for Mac Admins sessions, which took place at the MacDeploy and MacDevOpsYVR western Canada conferences in June 2015. The slides are also available in this repo.

Most of the talk used "interactive" Python. For this you're free to use the standard python executable you will find on every OS X system, but I use IPython for a few added niceties. IPython is not required for running any of these examples.

It can be installed like any other Python package. If you're not familiar with tools like pip or easy_install, you can still easily install IPython globally (for all users) in a single step: sudo easy_install ipython.

For example:

➜  ~  sudo easy_install ipython

Searching for ipython
Reading https://pypi.python.org/simple/ipython/
Best match: ipython 3.1.0
Downloading https://pypi.python.org/packages/source/i/ipython/ipython-3.1.0.zip#md5=dfa0766ee4b035f6048740e8fcc9b8bb
Processing ipython-3.1.0.zip
Writing /tmp/easy_install-97WOa8/ipython-3.1.0/setup.cfg
Running ipython-3.1.0/setup.py -q bdist_egg --dist-dir /tmp/easy_install-97WOa8/ipython-3.1.0/egg-dist-tmp-mujQVZ
              readline: yes
rebuilding css and sourcemaps failed (not a problem)
invoke is required to rebuild css (pip install invoke)
checking package data
Adding ipython 3.1.0 to easy-install.pth file
Installing ipengine2 script to /usr/local/bin
Installing iptest script to /usr/local/bin
Installing ipython2 script to /usr/local/bin
Installing ipcluster2 script to /usr/local/bin
Installing ipcluster script to /usr/local/bin
Installing ipython script to /usr/local/bin
Installing ipcontroller2 script to /usr/local/bin
Installing ipcontroller script to /usr/local/bin
Installing iptest2 script to /usr/local/bin
Installing ipengine script to /usr/local/bin

Installed /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/ipython-3.1.0-py2.7.egg
Processing dependencies for ipython
Finished processing dependencies for ipython

At this point, you should be able to simply type ipython into a terminal, press return, and:

~  ipython
Python 2.7.6 (default, Sep  9 2014, 15:04:36)
Type "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

IPython 3.1.0 -- An enhanced Interactive Python.
?         -> Introduction and overview of IPython's features.
%quickref -> Quick reference.
help      -> Python's own help system.
object?   -> Details about 'object', use 'object??' for extra details.

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Have fun!

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