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Old 08-05-2009
Expect help/interaction with switch..

Hi All, I have been trying to get an Expect program to communicate with a Remote Power Switch which will eventually log in, and then turn on/off certain outlets. For some reason, I can't get through the log in procedure with this Switch. When you first spawn the telnet, you get the Switch info/header, and then a Password prompt, but for some
strange reason, the first time you send the password, it gets ignored, and repeats the whole header.. ok, but I try to send the password again, and the Expect script sits there and eventually times out.. I ripped out the log in procedure and made it very simple just to try to get through the log in procedure to get to the main menu of the switch, even this small piece of code doesn't work... So, I'm a bit
frustrated.. Maybe it's been too much for my eyes and it's a trivial problem but here is the piece of code... Can anyone help make heads or tales of why I can't get past this darn point. When the log in procedure is successful, I should get the Enter > prompt, but I can't get here. Thanks in advance...


package require Expect

log_user 1
exp_internal 1

set timeout 20

spawn telnet 1XX.1XX.1XX.149

expect "*Password > "

after 1000

send "PASS\r"

expect "*Enter > "

And here is the output I get with the debug levels turned up:

# ./johnTest
spawn telnet XXX.112.XXX.149
parent: waiting for sync byte
parent: telling child to go ahead
parent: now unsynchronized from child
spawn: returns {27205}

expect: does "" (spawn_id exp4) match glob pattern "*Password > "? no
Trying XXX.112.XXX.149...

expect: does "Trying XXX.112.XXX.149...\r\n" (spawn_id exp4) match
glob pattern
"*Password > "? no
Connected to XXX.112.XXX.149.
Escape character is '^]'.

expect: does "Trying xXx.112.XXX.149...\r\nConnected to XXX.112.XXX.
ape character is '^]'.\r\n" (spawn_id exp4) match glob pattern
"*Password > "?

iPal Version 2.3e
Please Enter The Password >
expect: does "Trying XXX.112.XXX.149...\r\nConnected to XXX.112.XXX.
ape character is '^]'.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\niPal Version 2.3e\r\n
\r Please
Enter The Password > " (spawn_id exp4) match glob pattern "*Password >
"? yes
expect: set expect_out(0,string) "Trying XXX.112.XXX.149...\r
\nConnected to XXX
.112.XXX.149.\r\nEscape character is '^]'.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
\niPal Versio
n 2.3e\r\n\r Please Enter The Password > "
expect: set expect_out(spawn_id) "exp4"
expect: set expect_out(buffer) "Trying XXX.112.XXX.149...\r\nConnected
to XXX.1
12.XXX.149.\r\nEscape character is '^]'.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r
2.3e\r\n\r Please Enter The Password > "
send: sending "PASS\r" to { exp4 }

expect: does "" (spawn_id exp4) match glob pattern "*Enter > "? no

expect: does "PASS\r\n" (spawn_id exp4) match glob pattern "*Enter >
"? no
expect: timed out
# 2  
Old 08-05-2009
To me it looks like the telnet connection is taking so long that expect times out waiting for the:

expect "*Password > "


I would drop the "*" from before the Password to avoid that being expanded into a file list, expect can look for a word at the end of a line e.g.

expect "password:"

would work for the line:

"Please enter the password:"

If the telnet is taking a long time to connect then the setting:

set timeout 20

may be too short, I think I would get rid of the "set timeout 20" line and the "after 1000", I haven't ever needed to use either.

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