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The purpose of Ximenez is to execute an action on a set of collected items. Both the action and the way items are collected, are defined by Python modules, which are called plug-ins.

Project Description

The purpose of Ximenez is to execute an action on a set of collected items. Both the action and the way items are collected, are defined by Python modules, which are called plug-ins. This lets you:

  • execute a command (and retrieve its output) on a set of remote hosts (via SSH);
  • perform various actions on a set of Zope servers (add an user, change his/her password, remove an user, etc.);
  • carry out any action that you are willing to write a Python plug-in for.

See the Plug-ins section below to know more about Ximenez built-in plug-ins and how to develop your own ones.


You can use Ximenez with the following command-line:

$ ximenez -c <collector> -a <action>

<collector> and <action> are both plug-ins. The former gives Ximenez a set of items on which to act, and the latter is the action to perform on each item of this set.

Hopefully, Ximenez comes with a number of useful plug-ins , e.g.:

$ ximenez -c misc.readlines -a misc.log

Optional arguments are available. See usage for further details.


The main characteristic of Ximenez is that it can be extended to just do what you need to do, by using plug-ins. There are two kinds of plug-ins: collectors and actions.

Ximenez ships with a set of built-in plug-ins. You may also want to take a look at the exhaustive guide to develop your own plug-ins.


Ximenez should run under any OS, though some plug-ins may use OS-specific features or require special Python packages.

Python 2.4 or above is required. This program may also work with prior versions of Python with minor changes.


If you have easy_install, then the following should do the trick:

$ easy_install ximenez

For further details, see the Installation chapter.

Subversion repository

Ximenez source code lives in a Subversion repository. To checkout the trunk:

$ svn co ximenez

You can also browse the sources with the same URL.

The name

It all began in Jarrow. One of the cross beams had gone out askew on the treddle.


Ximenez has been written by Damien Baty.

Gaël Le Mignot (Pilot Systems) and Sylvain Viollon (Infrae) have provided several bug fixes.

Pilot Systems has partially sponsored the development of this program.


Ximenez is copyright 2006-2007 by Damien Baty.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see the section about licenses of the GNU web site.

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