How to convert paramiko output to array

When working with remote servers using Paramiko, you might need to convert the output you receive from remote commands into a more structured and manageable format, such as a Python array.

Establish an SSH Connection

First, ensure you’ve imported Paramiko, then establish an SSH connection with the remote server. Replace the placeholders with your server’s details.

import paramiko
import re

hostname = 'your_server_hostname'
username = 'your_username'
password = 'your_password'

ssh_client = paramiko.SSHClient()
ssh_client.set_missing_host_key_policy(paramiko.AutoAddPolicy())

try:
    ssh_client.connect(hostname=hostname, username=username, password=password)
    print("Connected to the server successfully.")
except Exception as e:
    print("Error: ", str(e))

Execute Remote Commands

Next, execute remote commands on the server and capture their output.

command = 'your_remote_command_here'

try:
    stdin, stdout, stderr = ssh_client.exec_command(command)
    command_output = stdout.read().decode('utf-8')
except Exception as e:
    print("Error executing remote command: ", str(e))

Parse the Output into an Array

Before converting the Paramiko output to an array, ensure you’ve imported the re module for regular expressions to split the output into individual elements based on a delimiter, such as a newline character.

output_array = re.split(r'\n', command_output)

Now, output_array contains the individual lines of the remote command’s output as array elements.

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This can be particularly useful when automating tasks or managing remote servers programmatically.