Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The twill python module with Fedora 25.

Today I tested the twill python module with python 2.7 and Fedora 25.
This is: a scripting system for automating Web browsing. Useful for testing Web pages or grabbing data from password-protected sites automatically.
To install this python module I used pip command:
[root@localhost mythcat]# pip install twill
Collecting twill
Downloading twill-1.8.0.tar.gz (176kB)
100% |████████████████████████████████| 184kB 2.5MB/s
Installing collected packages: twill
Running setup.py install for twill ... done
Successfully installed twill-1.8.0

Let's try some tests:
[mythcat@localhost ~]$ python
Python 2.7.13 (default, Jan 12 2017, 17:59:37) 
[GCC 6.3.1 20161221 (Red Hat 6.3.1-1)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> from twill import get_browser
>>> b = get_browser()
>>> 
>>> from twill.commands import *
>>> go("http://www.python.org/")
==> at https://www.python.org/
u'https://www.python.org/'
>>> b.showforms()

Form #1
## ## __Name__________________ __Type___ __ID________ __Value__________________
1     q                        search    id-searc ...   
To talk to the Web browser directly, call the get_browser function.
You can see most of the twill commands by using:
>>> import twill.shell
>>> twill.shell.main()

 -= Welcome to twill! =-

current page: https://www.python.org/widgets
>> ?

Undocumented commands:
======================
add_auth             fa           info             save_html           title
add_extra_header     find         load_cookies     setglobal           url  
agent                follow       notfind          setlocal          
back                 formaction   redirect_error   show              
clear_cookies        formclear    redirect_output  show_cookies      
clear_extra_headers  formfile     reload           show_extra_headers
code                 formvalue    reset_browser    showforms         
config               fv           reset_error      showhistory       
debug                get_browser  reset_output     showlinks         
echo                 getinput     run              sleep             
exit                 getpassword  runfile          submit            
extend_with          go           save_cookies     tidy_ok           

current page: https://www.python.org/widgets
>> 
Basic is used by setlocal to fill website forms and the go function.
Ban can be very good for some tasks.
Now twill also provides a simple wrapper for mechanize functionality with the API is still unstable.

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