Getting Started with Status Logger


You have a couple of options for implementing status logger:

  1. Use the simple method which creates a directory with the Python scripts and symbolic links. Place the content of this directory in your PATH and being using stl directly.

    Use this if you want the most hands on experience with stl.

  2. Build and install using Python setuptools.

    If you do work in Python and are comfortable with Python tools, this option may make the most sense for you.

In the future stl may be available as a package in the Python Package repository.

For full documentation of all stl components see:


Regardless of the method you use, at this time you will need to download the repository, using the following command at a system prompt:

git clone

Then from within the stl/ directory follow either of the following processes.


You may want to modify your files, particularly wc_track before installing stl.

Direct Installation

Issue the following command at the system prompt to “stage” the installation:

make simple

All required stl programs (and symbolic links,) are now in stl/build/bin/. Either copy the content of this directory into a directory in your search path, (g.e. ~/scripts/) or add this directory to your search path, by adding the following lines to your shell rc or profile file (e.g. ~/.bashrc, ~/.zshrc, or ~/.profile.)

export PATH

You may have to reinitialize or source your rc/profile file for the change to take place. You’ll be able to use any of the stl programs from your system shell.

Install with

Issue the following command to build and install the stl python package:

sudo make install

This make target simply calls python install. Because this operation installs files in /usr/bin or a similar path, this requires root access (i.e. sudo.)