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I saw a great interface to FME with Python there

What you guys are doing with it? I want ideas.

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I'm just getting started with FME, and am using a shutdown script to copy my target FGDB to another location and to save out the log file:

import distutils.dir_util, shutil, os, time, locale

src = 'C:/Testing/FME/TPW/Third_Party_Wells.gdb'
dst = '//share/Data Services/GIS Data/Data/Third Party Wells/Third_Party_Wells.gdb'

distutils.dir_util.copy_tree(src, dst)

logfile = FME_LogFileName
shutil.copy(logfile, 'C:/temp/PRD_' + os.path.basename(logfile)[:-4] + '_' + time.strftime('%Y_%m_%d_%H_%M_%S', time.localtime()) + '.log')

# Get features written counts
shl_count = str(FME_FeaturesWritten['ThirdPartyWellsSurface'])
bhl_count = str(FME_FeaturesWritten['ThirdPartyWellsBottom'])
lat_count = str(FME_FeaturesWritten['ThirdPartyWellsLaterals'])

# Write out features written counts to log
fm_log = open('C:/temp/PRD_Counts.log','a')
fm_log.write(time.strftime('%m/%d/%Y %I:%M:%S', time.localtime()) + ',' + shl_count + ',' + bhl_count + ',' + lat_count + ',' + str(FME_TotalFeaturesWritten) + '\n')

That's pretty basic, but there really is no limit I don't think. There are tons of ideas here as well.

EDIT: Added in code to get numbers of features written and push those out to CSV log file.

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Sweet idea ! Thanks –  Philippe Lavoie Feb 3 '11 at 13:16
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Have a look at Oliver's Python Corner. There's a ton of things you can do using Python in FME.

I often use the PythonCaller to make some attributemanipulations inside 1 transformer rather than using 10 different transformers (if elif elif else ..)

You can have very basic PythonCallers like this example which will convert all your attributes to uppercase values:

def upperAll(feature):
    for att in feature.getAttributeList():

I also use the PythonCaller to send emails in case of failure or interact with an FTP Server etc .. There are really no limits

Have fun and happy FMEing


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Oooohhhhh...I like the sound of this...never thought about using a PythonCaller that way! –  Chad Cooper Feb 7 '11 at 20:00
Extra question on this one... what program do you have to give access to port 25 (firewall) in order for the email to work? I struggled with this for a couple of weeks and then finally gave up. –  blord-castillo Apr 2 '12 at 10:46
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Custom Log

import os.path, time, os, datetime, main , sys, pyfme,shutil from pyfme import *

class expFeature(object): def init(self): self.logger = pyfme.FMELogfile() pass

def close(self):
            #folders creation
            #Log creation
            logFile = param_folder + timecreated +".log"
            FILE = open(logFile,"w")
            log.log("Bla bla bla")

And Send Email:

message = MIMEMultipart()
message["From"]    = email_from
message["To"]      = email_to
message['Date']    = formatdate(localtime=True)
message["Subject"] = subject
message.attach( MIMEText(html, 'html') )
attachment = MIMEBase('application', "octet-stream")
attachment.set_payload( open(FileLog,"rb").read() )
attachment.add_header('Content-Disposition', 'attachment; filename="%s"' %       os.path.basename(FileLog))

smtp = smtplib.SMTP(smtpServer) 
smtp.sendmail(email_from, email_to, message.as_string())         
print "Successfully sent email"
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Good example above: I'm currently writing an article for our knowledgebase called FMEPedia here: Python and FME Basics.

This includes some simple examples such as deleting a file before running a workspace with a start up script, manipulating features with a PythonCaller etc. There are also links to more complex examples.

Ken Bragg Safe Software

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With FME Server 2012, it's possible to send an email automatically when the workbench finished.You don't need python for send an email. :) FME Server Configuration

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But you do need FME Server. Much cheaper to use Python. –  Fezter Mar 2 at 22:48
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