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logging consists of the following classes and functions to help with the burden of logging


Not sure if this is working properly


This function retrieves a logger for your file and function/method. This should be called first. For example:

start_function(logger, **kwargs)

This function tags the log file with the entry of a function/method. You may turn it on or off in your logging configuration note that the msg= argument is reserved for single string messages

end_function(logger, **kwargs)

This function tags the log file with the exit of a function/method. You may turn it on or off in your logging configuration note that the msg= argument is reserved for single string messages

Here is an example of everything

    val1 = 5
    val2 = 6
    logger = get_logger()
    start_function(logger, msg="testing")

    # or you can call it this way:
    start_function(logger, val1=val1, val2=val2)
    val1 = 10
    val2 = {"first": 1, "second": 2}
    end_function(logger, val1=val1, val2=val2)


os consists of the following classes and functions


This is raised when the library does not recognize the operating system


This function returns all known timezones


This function returns the timezone selected by the operating system


This function kills the specified process name


This function returns whether the specified process name is currently running


This function returns the operating system type


This function returns all IP addresses on this hardware

#config This contains the object ConfigUtils It is used to read and write .ini files. You should put all information into the different methods to fully define the configuration file.

The constructor takes the configuration file name, a title to add to the top of the file, and a flag indicating the file is being constructed.

class ConfigManager:
    def __init__(self, file_name, title=None, create=False):

The read_entry function reads a section/entry from the file. It takes a default value in case the value does not exist in the file and also to create a new file. The notes parameter describe the entry in the file

    def read_entry(self, section, entry, default_value, notes=None):

The read_section function reads the entire section from the configuration file and returns a dictionary of the entries. Note that the notes are only applied to the setion (not to the individual entries)

    def read_section(self, section, default_entries, notes=None):

The write function writes a new configuration file. If this is called, the package will check if the file exists. If it does, it will abort with a warning. If the file does not exist, it will write it and abort.

    def write(self, out_file):

Here is an example of ConfigManager and its functions:

    write = False # set this to True to create the configuration file
    cfg_mgr = ConfigManager("test.ini", "This is the title of the ini file\n"
                                        "You can have multiple lines if you use line breaks", write)
    first = cfg_mgr.read_entry("User 1", "first name", "Joe", "This is the first name")
    last = cfg_mgr.read_entry("User 1", "last name", "Brown", "This is the last name")
    age = cfg_mgr.read_entry("User 1", "age", 12)
    is_male = cfg_mgr.read_entry("User 1", "male", True)
    weight = cfg_mgr.read_entry("User 1", "weight", 23.5)
    section = cfg_mgr.read_section("user 2", {"first name": "Sally",
                                              "last name": "Jones",
                                              "age": 15,
                                              "is_male": False,
                                              "weight": 41.3},
                                   "You only get to add notes at the top of the section using this method")

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