Get serial number or XO name from command line or python

Chris Ball cjb at
Fri May 27 22:05:19 EDT 2011


On Fri, May 27 2011, Henry VĂ©lez Molina wrote:
> Also you could use this script:
> #!/usr/bin/python -tt
> import subprocess
> getserial = subprocess.Popen(['cat /ofw/serial-number'], shell=True,
> stdout=subprocess.PIPE)
> for line in getserial.stdout:
>   print(line.decode().strip())

There's no need to spawn a shell, and then spawn cat inside a shell.
Python knows how to open files:

print open("/ofw/serial-number").readline().strip()

Chris Ball   <cjb at>   <>
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