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doit - Automation Tool

Project description

doit comes from the idea of bringing the power of build-tools to execute any
kind of task. It will keep track of dependencies between “tasks” and execute them only when necessary. It was designed to be easy to use and “get out of your way”.

doit can be used as:

  • a build tool (generic and flexible)
  • home of your management scripts (it helps you organize and combine shell scripts and python scripts)
  • a functional tests runner (combine together different tools)
  • a configuration management system
  • manage computational pipelines


  • Easy to use, “no-API”
  • Use python to dynamically create tasks on-the-fly
  • Flexible, adapts to many workflows for creation of tasks/rules/recipes
  • Support for multi-process parallel execution
  • Built-in integration of inotify (automatically re-execution)
In doit, unlike most (all?) build-tools, a task doesn’t need to define a
target file to use the execute only if not up-to-date feature. This make doit specially suitable for running a sub-set of your test suites.
doit like most build tools is used to execute tasks defined in a
configuration file. Configuration files are python modules. The tasks can be python functions or an external shell script/command. doit automatically keeps track of declared dependencies executing only tasks that needs to be updated
If you are still wondering why someone would want to use this tool,
check this blog post.

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