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Alexey Melezhik
Alexey Melezhik

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How to Share Simple Bash Tasks with Others by Using Sparrow

Sparrow is a Linux scripting platform to ease the daily scripting jobs and distribution. In this small post I am going to show you how to share simple Bash tasks with the rest of the world.

Install Sparrow

$ sudo yum install curl
$ cpanm -q --notest Sparrow 
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Create Bash Task

First of all we need Bash plugin:

$ sparrow index update
$ sparrow plg install bash
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Then let's create a task. I always forgot how to install Rvm/Ruby so I want a mnemonic command for this:

$ sparrow project create utils
$ sparrow task add utils ruby-rvm-stable bash 
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$ EDITOR=nano && sparrow task ini utils/ruby-rvm-stable
command: "\curl -sSL https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby"

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Share Bash Task

First of all you need to get an account at SparrowHub, because you're going to save your task into the account.

Then having set credentials up:

$ cat ~/sparrowhub.json

{
  "user"  : "melezhik",
  "token" : "*****-****-****-*******-*****"
}

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Just upload the task with some useful description:

$ sparrow remote task upload utils/ruby-rvm-stable "Install RVM stable with ruby"
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By default your tasks are private so it is only you who can see them. Let's take simple step to changes this:

$ sparrow remote task share utils/ruby-rvm-stable
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Running Remote Bash Task

Now the rest of the team could enjoy your little nifty task. To do this they only need Sparrow client installed:

$ sparrow remote task run melezhik@utils/ruby-rvm-stable
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Community Remote Tasks

To list SparrowHub community remotes task just say this:

$ sparrow remote task public list
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Further reading is Sparrow documentation on remotes tasks.

Conclusion

Sparrow enables creation of scripts in easy and fun manner. Or if you want - "Quick and dirty way to develop some useful script and share with others".

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Alexey Melezhik • Edited on

Hi! Sparrow's support for hosted solutions is limited. Drop me an issue on GH on this and I'll see what can I do to improve this ( should be a big deal as SparrowHub source code is ready to open source, just stored at private GitLab repo )

As workaround you can use gemote Git repositories to host your private sparrow plugins, the example in the paper could be rewritten as:

Create sparrow plugin


$ git init

$ nano story.bash
curl -sSL https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby

$ nano sparrow.json
{
  "name" : "ruby-rvm-stable"
}

$ git add story.bash sparrow.json

$ git commit -a -m "my sparrow plugin to install ruby/rvm"
$ git remote add origin https://github.com/melezhik/ruby-rvm-stable.git
$ git push -u origin master

Spin up custom Sparrow repository and add a plugin to index

Then you have to add plugin to the custom Sparrow repository:


$ nestd start --host 192.168.0.1 --port 4441

$ curl \
 -d name=ruby-rvm-stable \
 -d url=https://github.com/melezhik/ruby-rvm-stable.git \
 -L  192.168.0.1:4441/add

Use Sparrow plugin

And then end user need just need this:


$ echo repo: 192.168.0.1:4441 >> ~/sparrow.yaml 
$ sparrow index update
$ sparrow plg install ruby-rvm-stable
$ sparrow plg run ruby-rvm-stable

 
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Alexey Melezhik • Edited on

Sure. Meanwhile here these links:

Let me know if anything else you need. I would be glad to adapt Sparrow for users needs.

Let's team up together 🤝

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