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CKli is a tool for multi-repositories stacks. It allows to automate actions(build, package upgrade, etc...), on Worlds (a group of repositories), and concentrates informations in a single place.

Getting Started



CKli is a dotnet tool. You can install it globally by running :

#latest stable
dotnet tool install CKli -g

Run CKli

If you installed CKli globally, you can run ckli in any command prompt to start it.

⚠️ On Linux, the Path environment variable of your shell need to be updated.

First Run

Since there is no Stack defined yet, CKli initializes one Repository that contains the CK and CK-Build stacks. Both of them are mapped to '/Dev/CK' by default: their repositories will be cloned in this folder. (Note that you can 'run World/SetWorldMapping' command to update this default mapping.)

CK and CK-Build are public Stacks in a Public repository: they should be cloneable by anyone. This is not always the case: CKli can work with private stacks that require authorizations: some secrets will be required (and of course even CK and CK-Build require secrets in order to push code).

CKli manages a KeyVault where all your secrets are stored. You must enter a password to secure this key vault, and every time you start CKli, you will be prompted for your KeyVault password. (If you trust your desktop security, this password doesn't need to be strong.)

Once the required KeyVault password is entered, press enter:

--------- Worlds ---------
  - CK
     > 1 CK => /Dev/CK
  - CK-Build
     > 2 CK-Build => /Dev/CK-Build
     > 3 CK-Build[NetCore2] => /Dev/CK-Build[NetCore2]

This lists the available Stacks and their Worlds. By submiting the number of a World (type the number and press enter) you can open it. CKli will clone every missing repository.


There is 5 basic commands available, that allow you to:

  • list and discover available commands.
  • run one or more of commands.
  • clear the screen, with cls.
  • manage your secret keys.
  • exit.

These basic commands are available everywhere but the actual commands are the one that you run and they depend on the context.

run and list first parameter is a command name or a pattern with simple wildcards (* and ?).

For example, list home* will return any command starting with home :

Available Commands matching 'home*':

You can notice that the filtering is case insensitive.

ℹ️ run will only work on a set of commands with the same payload (parameters).

> run home*

Will output:

> Warn: Pattern 'home*' matches require 4 different payloads.
|  - Warn: (stackName, url, isPublic, mappedPath, branchName): Home/EnsureStackRepository
|          (stackName): Home/EnsureStackRepository
|          (worldFullName, mappedPath): Home/SetWorldMapping
|          <No payload>: Home/Close, Home/Refresh

QuickStart: Cloning a World

Gets the URL of the stack you want to clone:

Stack Name Repository URL
CK Public
CK-Build Public
Engie Private
SC Private
SMos Private
SLog Private
FirstDown Private

Type run Home/EnsureStackRepository (or run *ensure* since there is no other command with Ensure in its name) and press enter.

You now need to fill the argument of this command that is the url and whether it is a Public or a Private stack:

[required] - url:                                  #The Url of the stack you are cloning
[required] - isPublic:                             #true for public stack, false otherwise

If you see any warning, read them carefully: you may have a secret missing (and please note that the Public/Private flag is to handle the secrets requirements only: if you don't have the authorizations to access a repository, it is useless to try to make it Public!).

Type secret to see all the secrets needed by CKli. You may not need to fill all of these, only those asked in the warning.

To set a secret, type secret set SECRET_NAME.

Once the required secrets entered, press enter:

--------- Worlds ---------
  - CK
     > 1 CK => /Dev/CK
  - CK-Build
     > 2 CK-Build => /Dev/CK
     > 3 CK-Build[NetCore2] => /Dev/CK-Build[NetCore2]
  - SC
     > 4 SC => C:/dev/CK

Upon opening a World, CKli will clone all the repositories. To open a world, type its number then press enter.

Worlds And Stacks

A World is a set of repositories.

A Stack has a default World and zero or more Parallel World.

--------- Worlds ---------
  - CK #A Stack
     > 1 CK => /Dev/CK #A World (the default one of the CK stack).
  - CK-Build #Another Stack...
     > 2 CK-Build => /Dev/CK-Build #...and its default World...
     > 3 CK-Build[NetCore2] => /Dev/CK-Build[NetCore2] #...and a Parallel World.

You can list the worlds by simply pressing enter instead of typing a command.

To open a World, type its number then press enter.

To close a world, run Home/Close.

To add a Stack, use the command Home/EnsureStackRepository

Note: Stack definitions, mappings to local directories, world states, etc. are simple xml or text files. It is not recommended to interact with them directly, but having a look at them helps understand CKli.

  • On Windows: explore %LocalAppData%/CKli folder.
  • On Unix: cd $HOME/.local/share/CKli.

Add an existing Stack

CKli does not know where your stack are defined.

Ensure Stack Repository

In this example, we will add the stack SC (Signature-Code).

SC is a private stack, if you don't have access to, you can not reproduce this example.

Run Home/EnsureStackRepository

Fill the parameters of the command like below :

> SC                                                        #stack's name
>    #Git URL containing the stack
> false                                                     #Whether the stack is public
> C:/dev/CK                                                 #local mapping
>                                                           #leave empty
> y                                                         #Confirm

ℹ️ The local mapping is the location where the Stack will be cloned on your PC.

Signature-Code being a private stack, CKli will not be able to clone the repository automatically.

Press Enter to see the Worlds list. You can see that that CKli couldn't clone automatically the repository, because the PAT(Personal Access Token) for GitLab is missing.

Add the GitLab PAT

Create your PAT on GitLab:

For Your Information, here are the URLs to create your PATs on other git services:


Paste the previously obtained token

Enter 'GITLAB_GIT_WRITE_PAT' secret (empty to cancel): I2MjVkYzIxZWYwNWY2YWQ0ZGRmNDdjNWYy

Then press enter, and you secret is now stored in your KeyVault.

The new stack will now be displayed:

--------- Worlds ---------
  - CK
     > 1 CK => /Dev/CK
  - CK-Build
     > 2 CK-Build => /Dev/CK
     > 3 CK-Build[NetCore2] => /Dev/CK-Build[NetCore2]
  - SC
     > 4 SC => C:/dev/CK

To open a World, you can type its number and press enter: CKli will automatically clone all the repositories of SC. Press enter again and (since you are inside the SC stack) the SC's repositories with their respective statuses are listed.

🎉 You are now ready to operate on a World. To see what you can do, please head to the Common Usages.

See Also