How to update /etc/hosts with python script

Here is the quick dirty script which helps me to update a /etc/hosts automatically.
It’s simply pings a computer in the office network, in my case its: local_ip = ‘’
If it responds then script updates /etc/hosts like:
If Im at home then it becomes like: (remote ip of a computer in the office )


sudo apt-get install augeas-tools python-augeas python-notify2

File: ~/

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

import os
import subprocess
import sys
from pynotify import *

__mydir = os.path.dirname(os.path.abspath(__file__))
sys.path.insert(0, __mydir + "/..")

import augeas

def setHostAt(at, local_ip, remote_ip):
    """docstring for setHostAt"""
    MYROOT = '/'
    a = augeas.Augeas(root=MYROOT)
    #matches = a.match("/files/etc/hosts/*[. = '%s']" % host)
    matches = a.match("/files/etc/hosts/*/*[ . = '%s']" % host)
    if matches:
        index = matches[0].split('/')[4]
        record_exists = True
        record_exists = False
        index = len(a.match("/files/etc/hosts/*"))
        print ( index)

    if at == 'work':
        #Im at work
        a.set("/files/etc/hosts/%s/ipaddr" % index, local_ip)
        a.set("/files/etc/hosts/%s/canonical" % index, host)
        msg =  "Im in the office, set host ip to %s" % local_ip
        #Im at home
        a.set("/files/etc/hosts/%s/ipaddr" % index, remote_ip)
        a.set("/files/etc/hosts/%s/canonical" % index, host)
        msg =  "Im at home, set host %s ip to %s " % ( host, remote_ip )

    init("Server checker")
    Notification("Server checker", msg).show()

host = ''
local_ip = ''
remote_ip =''

ret ="ping -c 5 %s" % local_ip,
                stdout=open('/dev/null', 'w'),
if ret == 0:
    setHostAt('work', local_ip, remote_ip)
    setHostAt('home', local_ip, remote_ip)

You can now check it with : sudo ~/

Syntax error or access violation: 1118 Row size too large. The maximum row size for the used table type, not counting BLOBs, is 8126.


Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'Exception' with message 'exception 'PDOException' with message 'SQLSTATE[42000]: Syntax error or access violation: 1118 Row size too large. The maximum row size for the used table type, not counting BLOBs, is 8126. You have to change some columns to TEXT or BLOBs' in /var/www/html/library/Zend/Db/Statement/Pdo.php:228 Stack trace: #0 /var/www/html/library/Zend/Db/Statement/Pdo.php(228): PDOStatement->execute(Array) #1 /var/www/html/library/Zend/Db/Statement.php(300): Zend_Db_Statement_Pdo->_execute(Array) #2 /var/www/html/library/Zend/Db/Adapter/Abstract.php(479): Zend_Db_Statement->execute(Array) #3 /var/www/html/library/Zend/Db/Adapter/Pdo/Abstract.php(238): Zend_Db_Adapter_Abstract->query('UPDATE `setting...', Array) #4 /var/www/html/library/Zend/Db/Adapter/Abstract.php(632): Zend_Db_Adapter_Pdo_Abstract->query('UPDATE `setting...', Array) #5 /var/www/html/application/controllers/TWController.php(239): Zend_Db_Adapter_Abstract->update('settings', Array, 'id=1') #6 /var in /var/www/html/index.php on line 307

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After googling for similar problems I found,63584,63584#msg-63584

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It’s easy with JQuery:

<div class="container">
    <iframe frameborder="0" src="javascript:void(0)" role="listbox" aria-label="tag" title="tag">
        <div id="div-inside-iframe"></div>
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IE made me cry again.

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1. Check carefully if loaded html is valid with any online validator.
In my case IE didn’t show errors and even notices, for some reason, so it’s always better to check html with other online tools.

2. Use jquery .live() function to bind events.

$('#foo').live('click', function() {
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RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
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Simple site pinger

This simple script pings your websites and notifies when a website is down.
It’s written in python >= 2.5 and might be usefull for administrators and programmers.
Some parts of it was found somewhere in the internet and adjusted a bit for my needs.

Required packages can be installed easily from repository ( Ubuntu example ):

sudo apt-get install python-notify

or using pip/easy_install as well

sudo pip install notify

Running this script from command line is a bit annoying so I put to run it by crontab each 30 min:

$ crontab -e
*/30 * * * * DISPLAY=:0 /usr/bin/python /home/vs/bin/

Note that you need to set DISPLAY option to make notification visible for current X session.

#!/usr/bin/env python
from threading import Thread
import subprocess
from Queue import Queue
from pynotify import *

num_threads = 4
queue = Queue()
hosts = [
#wraps system ping command
def pinger(i, q):
    """Pings subnet"""
    while True:
        host = q.get()
        #print "Thread %s: Pinging %s" % (i, host)
        ret ="ping -c 5 %s" % host,
                        stdout=open('/dev/null', 'w'),
        if ret == 0:
            #print "%s: is alive" % host
            init("Server checker")
            msg =  "%s: did not respond" % host
            Notification("Server checker", msg).show()
#Spawn thread pool
for i in range(num_threads):

    worker = Thread(target=pinger, args=(i, queue))
#Place work in queue
for host in hosts:
#Wait until worker threads are done to exit