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Python openwsman bindings.

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Openwsman is an open source implementation of WS-Management; enabling the in-band management of Linux/unix/Windows platforms. Openwsman supports the generic WS-Management protocol as well as specific protocol extensions for the Common Information Model (CIM).

Openwsman provides ‘C’ language API by default and a ‘C++’ API in an ‘alpha’ state. For other languages, see the bindings.

About this Python package

This folder allows one to build and/or install a Python package of the openwsman bindings. It has been tested on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) with an updated/rebuilt libopenwsman-dev package.

Building a source distribution

Running python sdist, from within this directory, will create a Python source distribution which brings in the required C/SWIG source and include files.

Subsequent installation of this sdist assumes you have the necessary development headers and libraries installed system-wide.

Alternatively, the OPENWSMAN_INCLUDE environment variable can be set during build/install, specifying a custom path in which to find the libopenwsman development headers.

Building from within the openwsman source directory

Running install, or similar, from within the openwsman source directory, will cause the setup script to look for its include files in the source directory, as opposed to an installation path on the system.

NOTE: Shared libaries will still be sourced from the standard system location(s).

About the bindings

The bindings provide the simplest way to perform WS-Management operations with Openwsman.

Bindings exist for Ruby, Python, Perl, and Java. with plenty of examples in the respective ‘tests’ directories.


If you have problems using Openwsman, report to the mailing list first.

If you are sure to have found a bug, please report it via the Github issue tracker.


Openwsman is copyright (C) 2004-2006 by Intel Corp, 2006-2013 by SUSE Linux Products GmbH.

The python packaging scripts contained in this directory are copyright (C) 2015, Ocado Innovation Ltd.

Openwsman is free software, and may be redistributed under the terms of the BSD-3-Clause license.


This software is provided “as is” and without any express or implied warranties, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

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