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Visual Foxpro - Linux & Mac

Posted on 2010-08-13
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Hi All,

I'm just wondering to know if VFP has any built-in class to access Linux and MAC Operating Systems to execute some maintenance tasks from Windows OS?

If no, are there any class/function available to accomplish this.

The primary goal is to access Linux and Mac from Windows Operating Systems and execute a few commands.

If not VFP then any other language?

Thanks!
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You could get a telnet activex and login and execute any linux shell command via vfp.
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by:Olaf Doschke
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Yes, telnet or ssh can be started and automated.

ssh ${remote_machine} -l ${user} -i ${ssh_key} ${remote_command}

with openssh within Cygwin for example.

Or with PuTTY:

plink ${remote_machine} ${remote_command}

If you can write files to the linux machine let that be shell scripts and the remote command you execute via ssh would simply be the start of such shell scripts.

As Mac is BSD based the same should apply, shell scripts you want to execute may vary though and be mac specific.

Bye, Olaf.
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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Thanks guys for your responses!

How does it differ from Windows SFU? Can Windows SFU be used in place of ssh and telnet or they are part of it?

Are SSH or putty or Cigwan freeware tools can could be used in production without buying licenses?

The commands you explained are accessing a Linux or Mac OS from Windows? how about writing an agent for Linux and Mac OS? can this be done using VFP?

Thanks!
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Olaf Doschke earned 400 total points
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Cygwin is about the same as SFU, so you may use SFU too. Nevertheless I'm not an expert on Linux/Unix or BSD/Mac OSX.

An agent for Linux and Mac OSX? Well, depends what you mean by this. Foxpro itself only running on Windows, automaating ssh or telnet means you automate a remote connection/session to a linux system or BSD perhaps. This automation of the ssh will then run on Windows only, but automate remote Linux or BSD clients. But you can't make an agent for Linux automating Windows this way, because VFP exe doesn't run on Linux and ssh is secure shell, meaning a linux shell, not a windows shell.

Bye, Olaf.
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