On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:48:20 PM UTC-5, Steve D'Aprano wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:20 am, Andrew Clark wrote:
> > I've restarted my code so many times i no longer have a working version of
> > anything.
> *Restarting* your code doesn't change it and cannot possibly stop it from
> working. My guess is that you actually mean that you've made so many random
> edits to your code, without understanding or thinking about what you are
> doing, that you've broken it irreversibly.
> I think you've learned a few things:
> (1) Debugging by making random perturbations to code should be a last
> resort, and even then, only done with the greatest of care.
> (2) Use version control so you can roll back changes.
> (3) Or at least make a backup copy of a known working version of your code.
> (4) Most importantly, never make so many changes to your ONLY copy of the
> code in one go that you can break it so badly that you can't go back.
> You've described your problem quite well, and nicely broken it up into
> pieces. I suggest you take each piece, and try to write the code for it
> independently of the others. Start with the first piece:
>     "access remote directories"
> Okay, how are they accessible? Are they just network drives? Then that's
> simple: you can access them as if they were local directories. What's the
> path name of the network drive(s)? Simply use that. Problem solved.
> If not, then you need to decide how to access them: over SSH, FTP,
> sneaker-net, whatever. The choice you make here is going to impact the
> complexity of your code. Think about carefully.
> Once you have working code that can list the remote directory, you can use
> it to list your three sets of files:
> startupfiles = listdir(...StartupConfig)
> runningfiles = listdir(...RunningConfig)
> archivefiles = listdir(...ArchiveConfig)
> now you can move onto step 2:
>     "run through startup, running and archive to find files 
>      with same hostname(do this for all files)"
> Now you can forget all about remote file systems (at least for now) and just
> work with the three lists of file names. How do you decide which files
> belong to which file name? I don't know, because you don't say. Is the
> hostname in the file name? Or do you have to open the file and read the
> information from the file contents?
> However you do it, start by generating a mapping of hostname: list of file
> names.
> mapping = {}
> for filename in list_of_filenames:
>     hostname = get_hostname(filename)
>     if hostname in mapping:
>         mapping[hostname].append(filename)
>     else:
>         mapping[hostname] = [filename]  # start a new list with one entry
> Once you've done that for all three directories, then you can collect all
> the file names for each host from all three directories, and compare the
> files.

> -- 
> Steve
> “Cheer up,” they said, “things could be worse.” So I cheered up, and sure
> enough, things got worse.

Thank you all for the comments. I've been working on the part to remote into 
the server. Unfortunately it appears that the drives are network accessible and 
i have to connect to them via SFTP to retrieve the files. I've been working on 
the below code to do this. However i keep getting an error.

import os
import sys
from contextlib import closing
from paramiko import SSHConfig, SSHClient

# Specify hostname to connect to and the path
hostname, remote_dirname, destdir = sys.argv[1:]

# Load parameters to setup ssh connection
config = SSHConfig()
with open(os.path.expanduser('~/.ssh/config')) as config_file:
d = config.lookup(hostname)

# Connect
with closing(SSHClient()) as ssh:
    ssh.load_system_host_keys() #NOTE: no AutoAddPolicy()
    ssh.connect(d['hostname'], username=d.get('user'))
    with closing(ssh.open_sftp()) as sftp:
        # CD into remote directory
        # CD to local destination directory
        # Download all files in it to destdir directory
        for filename in sftp.listdir():
            sftp.get(filename, filename)

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Users\ac40935\workspace\AutoCompare\filecmp.py", line 6, in <module>
    from paramiko import SSHConfig, SSHClient
  File "C:\Python35-32\paramiko-master\paramiko\__init__.py", line 30, in 
    from paramiko.transport import SecurityOptions, Transport
  File "C:\Python35-32\paramiko-master\paramiko\transport.py", line 32, in 
    from cryptography.hazmat.backends import default_backend
ImportError: No module named 'cryptography'

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