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I want to control and Ardunio by writing bytes to it in the same way I would use the serial monitor on my laptop. How could one accomplish this?

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You want to control an Arduino from a USB port? You use the serial port on your laptop to control it right now? –  izx May 18 '12 at 10:09
    
I want to use a script on an ubuntu computer to control it through USB. –  charles horvath May 18 '12 at 14:33
    
+1 for "Ardunio". Made me chuckle :) –  NlightNFotis Aug 23 '12 at 9:18
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You can by using pySerial.

This will allow a console based python script (or a python GUI program even) to listen/talk to you Arduino.

That's the route I took to make my generic Arduino DIY CNC machine. If your interested you can check it out at: http://emc2arduino.wordpress.com/

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