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Remote control a script from home via dropbox

At my workplace I want to leave a script running on my desktop 24h/day. However, from home I cannot login to my machine, so if I want to stop/pause the script, I must go in to the office.

Still, how could I give commands for such a script from home?

I came up with the following idea. The script is put in my Dropbox folder and it is launched from there. At home I can create some special command files that are automatically synchronized on my office machine too. And when the script notices such a command file, it can react. My command files are called “stop” and “wait” and they can be empty.

The script checks periodically the presence of these files:

def check_commands():
    Remote commands via dropbox.
    if os.path.isfile('stop'):
        print '\nstop received, terminated.'
    while os.path.isfile('wait'):

The command “stop” terminates the script. The command “wait” pauses the program.

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  1. November 15, 2012 at 05:05

    How to use / start the script?!

    • November 15, 2012 at 05:58

      I do that manually. But then I can control it from a remote location.

  2. November 17, 2012 at 16:17

    You can always use the old school method:
    screen and ssh =)

  3. March 10, 2013 at 18:20

    I find this really cool :) thanks

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