I have written few shell scripts which can do specific tasks .

But my mangaer wants that there should be some web interface where , he can run those scripts and function using web .

Now i don't know how can i link bash with web .

I know PHP.

Also one thing more if i use python can i make web interface , or will it easir than programming in bash

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If your manager insists there are some solutions like webmin or zentyal to manage GNU/linux servers from a web interface.

You can easily add your own scripts to those web interfaces. The advantage of using tested products over your own reinvent-the-wheel web service is that those web services are developed with security in mind.

However as a sysadmin I encourage you to admin your servers using just a shell (bash with screen for example) through ssh.

  • cpanel is also doing the same thing . Can i make small GUI in Bash that can do the stuff . can i see the same gui in putty client – Mirage Apr 30 '11 at 15:10
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    No, you cant have a single GUI that can be displayed in a terminal and in a web browser. – sciurus May 1 '11 at 4:38

I would highly NOT recommend to write a software in PHP, that has access to /bin or other relevant system parts and serve it via apache. Because: PHP is not strict, reliable and secure enough to realize programs as Webmin with.

But I wonder at all, why a manager would want to do administrative tasks on a server? Are those really administrative tasks? Or is it something, you could write in PHP from scratch? I mean, If he just wants to shrink an image, you don't need a bash script for that.

I wrote a remote installer in python once, that was only accessible in the companies intranet and executed a few scripts via an SSH connection, using certificates. It worked, but was really not a good solution. But I would recommend a way like this one, to have a relatively secure way to hack this together.


Webmin allows you to use commands via a remote interface.


  • but i want to create my own small interface like click here to backup , click here to restore etc – Mirage Apr 30 '11 at 12:50
  • But why? Something is already made to do just what you want. – Cody Harlow Apr 30 '11 at 12:55

In case you don't prefer your manager to work on Webmin, and would like to have a simple user interface where your manager can work directly,

YES, you can link PHP and BASH using exec:

  • Create your GUI directory (ex: /var/www/html/MyManagerGUI/).

    # mkdir /var/www/html/MyManagerGUI/

  • Put your Bash scripts in one directory (ex: /var/www/MyManagerGUI/Scripts/), and give them execution permesion.

    # chmod +x /var/www/MyManagerGUI/Scripts/*

  • Create index.php file in /var/www/MyManagerGUI/

  • In your index.php file, call the Bash scripts from PHP by:

    <?php exec("cd Scripts/;./MyBash arg1 arg2" , $output); ?>

where $output is array contains all the results from your Bash, MyBash is your bash name, and arg1 arg2 are optional arguments

  • Change MyManagerGUI/ owner to Apahce

    # chown -R apache:apache /var/www/MyManagerGUI/

  • To secure your GUI, you can add .htaccess file in /var/www/MyManagerGUI/, like adding username and password or force https access.

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