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Project description

The Mines DirSearch website allows search of Mines personnel who have their directory information listed in the Banner system. This is a convenient Python interface to that website.


Jack Rosenthal


Python 3.4 or greater, Beautiful Soup 4.4.0 or greater, Requests






Clone the repository and install:

$ pip install . --user

Or install from PyPI:

$ pip install csmdirsearch --user

Usage from Python

Use search(query) to search for a user by either (part of) a username, or (part of) a full name. search is a generator that will yield unique Person objects. Typical attributes on this object include name, business_email, major, classification, and department; however, only the name attribute is guaranteed to exist.

Each Person object also has a few properties:


Based on the business_email (and potentially more information in the future), a “best guess” for the username of the user, otherwise None.


An automatic, brief description of the person, for example: Undergraduate Student, Computer Science.

The name of each person is also a special Name type, containing first, last, and nick attributes. You can convert a name to a string using the strfname function, or use str( for a “reasonable default”:

>>> name = Name("Rosenthal, Jack (NickName)")
>>> name.strfname("{first} {last}")
'Jack Rosenthal'
>>> str(name)
'Jack (NickName) Rosenthal'

There’s also convenience properties to be used in strfname:


Short for “preferred first”. This will be set to nick if there is a nick name, first otherwise.


Short for “nick, wrapped in parens, if there is one”. This will be set to ' (nick)' if there’s a nick name, '' otherwise.


>>> name = Name("Rosenthal, Jack (NickName)")
>>> name.strfname("{pfirst} {last}")
'NickName Rosenthal'
>>> name.strfname("{first}{nickp} {last}")
'Jack (NickName) Rosenthal'

Here is an example:

import csmdirsearch
for person in"Jack Rosenthal"):
    print(, person.desc)

If you wish to limit your search to just a partial username (no real names), use the search_by_partial generator instead of search.

Finally, if you wish to limit your search to just a partial full name (most efficent), use the search_by_name generator instead of search. This generator also has means to limit a search to a certain classification or department. Read the source code for more details.

Usage from the Command Line

This is wicked simple:

$ dirsearch "Jack Rosenthal"
Jack Rosenthal
Undergraduate Student
Business Email: ...

If you wish to use the search_by_name or search_by_partial functions to limit the scope of the input, use --input=name or --input=partial respectively:

$ dirsearch --input=partial "jrosent"
Jack Rosenthal

Usage from Mutt

Add to your .muttrc:

set query_command = "dirsearch --format=mutt %s"

Then press Q to compose using a search, or ^T while writing a name or address.

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