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Create ad-hoc macros to be dispatched in their own namespace.

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Ad-Hoc Dispatcher

Create ad-hoc macros to be dispatched within their own namespace.

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Additional Documentation

This readme will give you enough information to get up and running with ahd. If you are confused about terminology used then take a look at the glossary section of the docs. If you are looking for more in-depth documentation:

What does ahd do?

ahd allows you to take annoying to remember commands and organize them into easy to re-use macros.

Features & Roadmap

Path Expansion

  • Macros can take full advantage of wildcards + regex to match directories. For example if you wanted to delete all PDFs in all folders on the desktop you can use sudo ahd register no-pdfs "rm *.pdf" "~/Desktop/*".
  • *nix and windows path adages are cross-platform. For example ~ is converted to %USERPROFILE% on windows, \ paths are converted to / on *nix systems and vice-versa.

Cross platform

  • ahd natively supports windows and any *nix systems (including Mac OS).
  • Supports copy-paste cross platform configurations (assuming the same commands and file structure are on both) For example if you want to write a command that git pulls in a folder called /development on your desktop using the *nix standard ~/Desktop/development/* works on both *nix and windows.

Dynamic Execution & Organization

  • One YAML file contains the configuration for all your macros instead of being all over the place.
  • Macros can be updated manually (editing the YAML file), or simply re-registered.
  • The defined Paths and commands can be overwritten on each use (see overriding for details).

Roadmap

A full roadmap for each project version can be found here: https://github.com/Descent098/ahd/projects

Example use cases

Really the possibilities are only limited to what you can type in your regular terminal, but here are some good examples:

  • Update every git repo in a directory
  • Organize your downloads folder by various filetypes
  • Multi-stage project compilation/build in various directories

Why should I use ahd?

The easiest way to understand why this project is useful is with an example. Let's say you want to write a simple script to take all the PDF's in a directory and put them in a .7z archive and then remove them. Well all you need is this simple command 7za a -t7z PDFs.7z *.pdf && rm *.pdf...

Yeah, pretty awful to remember. Assuming we want to do this every so often let's make a script we can call. Currently with bash you need to drop the script in usr/bin (and try to remember what you called it), or add it to your bash/fish/zsh aliases (assuming you use the alias file, or .bashrc etc. if you don't), and on windows it's just not even worth it.

Enter ahd, you can register a macro (lets call it zip-pdfs) using the same annoying command, in this case sudo ahd register zip-pdfs "7za a -t7z PDFs.7z *.pdf && rm *.pdf" ".". Now when we want to re-use this macro in the directory we're in you just type ahd zip-pdfs.

If you forget the name there's a list command, and if you use a longer name there's bash autocomplete (fish and zsh support coming later).

Who is ahd for?

The primary audience is developers looking to speed up annoying workflows. However there are a number of other people it could benefit, such as:

  • devops specialists; can use ahd to create a common set of macros across servers .
  • dual booters; people who want one common config for multiple OS's.
  • testers; if you need to execute multiple tests on various systems you can write one macro to run them all.
  • etc; people who are sick of having a bunch of random scripts everywhere and want one config file for complex commands.

Quick-start

Dependencies

  • Python 3.6+ (or is at least only tested and officially supported for 3.6+)
  • pip for python

Installation

Once you have python3 and pip you have a few installation options.

From Pypi

Run pip install ahd or sudo pip3 install ahd (need a network connection)

From source

  1. Clone this repo: (https://github.com/Descent098/ahd)
  2. Run pip install . or sudo pip3 install .in the root directory (one with setup.py)

Usage

Usage:
    ahd list [-l]
    ahd [-h] [-v] [-d]
    ahd docs [-a] [-o]
    ahd config [-e] [-i CONFIG_FILE_PATH]
    ahd register <name> [<command>] [<paths>]
    ahd <name> [<command>] [<paths>]

Options:
-h, --help            show this help message and exit
-v, --version         show program's version number and exit
-l, --long            Shows all commands in configuration with paths and commands
-a, --api             shows the local API docs
-o, --offline         shows the local User docs instead of live ones
-e, --export          exports the configuration file
-i CONFIG_FILE_PATH, --import CONFIG_FILE_PATH
                    imports the configuration file

Register

The register command allows you to register a command to be used later on.

<u>Required Arguments:</u>

  • <name>; This is a positional placeholder value for the name of a command you are registering. Once the command is registered you can run it by using ahd <name>.

  • <command>; This is a positional placeholder value for the macro you want to run when the command is used after being registered. For example if you wanted to delete all the PDF's in a directory the macro you would normally run is rm *.pdf and so you would do ahd register <name> "rm *.pdf" <paths>.

    It is generally advised to use encapsulating quotes since this avoids argument parsing artifacts.

  • <paths>; This is a positional placeholder value for the path(s) that you want the command to run the macro in by default. For example if you wanted to a command to execute a macro on the desktop when it's run you can do ahd register <name> <command> "~/Desktop".

    It is generally advised to use encapsulating quotes since this avoids argument parsing artifacts. Additionally you can specify multiple directories through comma delimiting, for example: ahd register <name> <command> "~/Desktop, ~/Documents, ~/Pictures", or you can use path expansion which will match directories through regex or wildcards. For example to run a command in all directories within the desktop you could do ahd register <name> <command> "~/Desktop/*" or just use regex to match paths more explicitly for example to only include folders on the desktop that are numbers between 0-9 you could do: ahd register <name> <command> "~/Desktop/[0-9]".

Using a Registered Command

You can use a registered command by simply typing ahd <name>, where <name> is whatever name you gave to the command.

<u>Optional Arguments:</u>

  • <command>; This is an optional positional argument that lets you overwrite the command, while retaining the registered paths. For example lets say you have a set of paths registered with a command that typically runs git pull over the specified paths. You want to run a different command on the paths (lets say remove all the pdfs in the folder) You can do: ahd <name> "rm *.pdf" which will execute rm *.pdf instead of git pull on the defined paths.

    It is generally advised to use encapsulating quotes since this avoids argument parsing artifacts.

  • <paths>; This is an optional positional argument that lets you overwrite the paths the command will run against. To retain the original command you must use a ".". So for example lets say you have a command registered that runs git pull against ~/Desktop/*, but now you want to run git pull against ~/Documents/* you can use ahd <name> "." "~/Documents/*" and it will run the macro against ~/Documents/* instead of ~/Desktop/*

    It is generally advised to use encapsulating quotes since this avoids argument parsing artifacts. Additionally you can specify multiple directories through comma delimiting, for example: ahd register <name> <command> "~/Desktop, ~/Documents, ~/Pictures", or you can use path expansion which will match directories through regex or wildcards. For example to run a command in all directories within the desktop you could do ahd register <name> <command> "~/Desktop/*" or just use regex to match paths more explicitly for example to only include folders on the desktop that are numbers between 0-9 you could do: ahd register <name> <command> "~/Desktop/[0-9]".

list

The list command shows a list of your current registered commands.

<u>Optional Arguments:</u>

  • -l or --long: Shows all commands in configuration with the registered paths and macros.

docs

The docs command is designed to bring up documentation as needed, you can run ahd docs to open the documentation site in the default browser.

<u>Optional Arguments:</u>

  • -a or --api: Used to serve local API documentation (Not yet implemented)

  • -o or --offline: Used to serve local user documentation (Not yet implemented)

config

This command is used for configuration management. It is recomended to use register to register/update commands. The config command is for managing configurations manually take a look at the documentation for details about manual configuration.

<u>Optional Arguments:</u>

-e --export: Export the current configuration file (called ahdconfig.yml)

-i --import: Import a configuration file; takes the path to the config file as an argument

Contact/Contribute

For a full contribution guide, check the contribution section of the documentation. Also be sure to check the faq before submitting issues.

For any additional questions please submit then through github here (much faster response), or my email kieran@canadiancoding.ca.

Changelog

V 0.5.0; August 22nd 2020

Focus for this release was to make it easier to understand how to use and contribute to ahd, to convert from configparser to PyYaml and cleanup some left over errors in deepsource.

Features:

  • Replaced configparser with PyYaml; see migration notice in the docs for details

Documentation:

  • Overhauled user documentation site for clarity
    • Revamped README
    • Added Glossary
    • Revamped contribution guide
    • Added Code Style guide
    • Cleaned up wording surrounding what the project actually does
  • Transitioned from full roadmap project boards to per-release project boards

Bug Fixes:

  • Inability to build from sdist due to missing files; Thanks to thatch for the fix
  • Fixed testing pipeline in github actions

V 0.4.0; February 10th 2020

Focus for this release was breaking up command line parsing into more testable chunks.

Features:

  • All argument parsing is now based on discrete functions
  • Added a list command to show your current available commands

Documentation:

V 0.3.0; February 6th 2020

Focus for this release was on building sustainable development pipelines (logging, testing etc.), and making the project more reliable in edge cases and error handling.

Features:

  • Built out the testing suite to be run before release
  • Built out the logging mechanism for debugging
  • Introduced many error catches for various issues.

Bug Fixes:

  • Added config command to bash autocomplete

V 0.2.1; February 2nd 2020

  • Added support for . as current directory path
  • Fixed issue with being unable to import configuration files
  • Fixed issue with docs command when running --api

V 0.2.0; February 2nd 20202

Focus was on improving the overall useability of ahd. Note this version breaks backwards compatibility, but includes a migration guide in the docs (to be removed in V0.3.0).

Features:

  • Bash Autocomplete implemented (ZSH and fish to come)
  • Ability to export configuration
  • Ability to import configuration
  • Added a top level "docs" command to easy access documentation
  • Added cross-platform wildcard support (see docs for usage)
  • Added cross-platform home directory (see docs for details)

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed issue where running "register" command without any flags would error out instead of printing help info
  • Fixed issue with relative path tracking

Documentation improvements:

  • Added issue templates for bug reports and feature requests
  • Added pull request templates
  • Added contribution guide
  • Added migration information
  • Added relevant documentation for all features released in V0.2.0

V 0.1.0; January 28th 2020

Initial release focused on creating the basic functionality for the ahd command.

Features:

  • Ability to register a command
  • Ability to specify command to run
  • Ability to specify the location(s) to run the command in.
  • Have commands store to a configuration file using configparser

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