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xargs-like daemon accepting input from arbitrary processes

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Like xargs, but accepts arguments from arbitrary processes, and executes eagerly as long as there are arguments available.

That is to say, xargsd [...] -- foobar, when it receives arguments a and b, will execute foobar a b. If arguments c through f arrive while foobar a b is executing, then foobar c d e f will get run as soon as the first invocation finishes.


  • A toy example, demonstrating the very basic functionality:

    $ python -m xargsd --socket-file temp.sock -vvv -- echo &
    [1] 14917
    $ submit() { python -m xargsd.client --socket-file temp.sock -- "$@"; }
    $ submit a
    INFO:root:executing ['echo', 'a']
    $ submit b c d
    INFO:root:executing ['echo', 'b', 'c', 'd']
    b c d

    (Note that the INFO: lines and the following ones are printed by xargsd, not the client.)

  • A slightly-less-toy example, which demonstrates how commands are batched up while a previous command is executing:

    $ echo 'date; sleep "$@"' >
    $ python -m xargsd --socket-file temp.sock -vvv -- bash &
    [4] 15714
    $ submit() { echo "submitting $@"; python -m xargsd.client --socket-file temp.sock -- "$@"; }
    $ submit 1; sleep 0.1; submit 0.99; sleep 0.1; submit 1.01; sleep 3
    submitting 1
    INFO:root:executing ['bash', '', '1']
    Sun May 12 09:53:13 PDT 2019
    submitting 0.99
    submitting 1.01
    DEBUG:root:finished executing ['bash', '', '1']: status 0
    INFO:root:executing ['bash', '', '0.99', '1.01']
    Sun May 12 09:53:14 PDT 2019
    DEBUG:root:finished executing ['bash', '', '0.99', '1.01']: status 0
  • A completely serious example, using watchman to run xargsd.client whenever a file (whose name matches some pattern) changes:

    $ watchman watch .
    $ watchman -- trigger . pytest -p '.*\.py$' -X -p '(^|.*/)\.' -- bash -c 'python -m xargsd.client --socket-file .xargsd-pytest.sock -- .'
    $ python -m xargsd --unique --socket-file .xargsd-pytest.sock -vvv -- pytest --color=yes

    Then save a .py file and watch the daemon execute pytest .

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