While recently upgrading my lab Netscaler to version 12, I noticed Python was getting installed so thought I would do a little looksee to see what’s available.
Python is installed at /var/python/bin/python but isn’t part of PATH
Now we can easily run Python without the entire path.
Looks like the installed version is fairly old but it’s nice to have a modern programming language included now!
Also the path includes Ansible which is interesting and opens the doors for a lot of automation. If you try to run Ansible it looks like Python is trying to run from a different path.
Let’s fix that with a softlink
ln -s /var/python/bin/python /usr/local/bin/python
And now we can run Ansible correctly.
The current install also includes PIP which allows downloading and installing of packages. For example we can download a quick bandwidth tester.
pip install speedtest-cli
And since the Python path exists within /var the packages remain even after reboot!
The Python install isn’t all that user friendly and not exactly sure what the main purpose is since it takes a little work to get it to work. Nonetheless, I’m excited to see what Citrix continues to add around this and think it’s a great option for administrators to have available.