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USENIX Tenth System Administration Conference (LISA '96)

How to Avoid Learning Expect -or- Automating Automating Interactive Programs

Don Libes
National Institute of Standards and Technology


Expect is a tool for automating interactive programs. Expect is controlled by writing Tcl scripts, traditionally a manual process. This paper describes Autoexpect - a tool that generates Expect scripts automatically by watching actual interactions and then writing the appropriate script. Using Autoexpect, it is possible to create Expect scripts without writing any actual Expect statements and without any knowledge of Expect.

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