expect-lite is an quick and easy command line automation tool. Written in expect, it is designed to directly map an interactive terminal session into an automation script. expect-lite scripts use special character(s) at the beginning of each line to indicate the action. Basic expect-lite scripts can be created by simply cutting and pasting text from a terminal window into a script, and adding '>' '<' characters. No knowledge of expect is required. Expect-lite is targeted at the verification testing environment, and will produce a Pass/Fail result at the end of the script. However, its use is not limited to this environment. It includes a powerful debugger with breakpoints, step/skip, and the ability to copy/paste expect-lite lines right into a running script.
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This release adds include file passing var=values with spaces, adds el_shell.elt, a helpful dev script for easy copy and pasting commands, and has more small bugfixes: "send" bug "bad flag -1", dyn var capture when "=" are present e.g. +$var=(\d) = STRING, single number expect, and a bug if a number was not on a line by itself.
scripting, automation, Minor bugfixes, Minor feature enhancements
This release fixes Ubuntu bug #994386, login sending an incorrect env setup command, while loop test blank (undefined) variables, infinite loop counters (it was still counting too many), and install.sh configuring as an unprivileged user (a fix for NFS-mounted home directories). An expect-lite blog has been created.
This release fixes a path bug with include files, ssh (no key) login prompt detection, an *INFINITE_LOOP bug which would double/triple the countdown, and CLI -v,-vv,-vvv overrides of logging (*INFO, *WARN, *DEBUG). It works with older versions of expect (older than 5.44.x, such as cygwin, and old Linux installations) and validates EL_CONNECT_METHOD at startup (default=none).