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Take valid JSON on stdin, then output it as discrete assignments to make it grep-able

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Gron's purpose is to turn JSON into grep-able, but still valid, JavaScript.

Gron is written in PHP. It requires PHP 5.2 or newer.


Pipe JSON into Gron's stdin:

~# cat test-input.json | ./gron
json = {};
json["one"] = 1;
json["two"] = 2;
json["three-b"] = "3";
json["four"] = [];
json["four"][0] = 1;
json["four"][1] = 2;
json["four"][2] = 3;
json["four"][3] = 4;
json["five"] = {};
json["five"]["alpha"] = [];
json["five"]["alpha"][0] = "fo";
json["five"]["alpha"][1] = "fum";
json["five"]["beta"] = {};
json["five"]["beta"]["hey"] = "How's tricks?";

The idea is that you can grep the result to find what you're looking for, and where it exists in the JSON structure:

~# cat test-input.json | ./gron | grep tricks
json["five"]["beta"]["hey"] = "How's tricks?";

This is useful when exploring unfamiliar APIs that have large responses but lacklustre documentation.

Gron can also fetch JSON straight from files:

~# ./gron test-input.json | grep tricks
json["five"]["alpha"][1] = "fum";

Or from URLs:

~# ./gron
json = {};
json["salt"] = "$2a$11$6rm6zQm3DaQQqZYjXerBjf";

Exit codes

Gron's exit code depends on what happened:

0 - Success
1 - Failed to decode JSON
2 - Argument is not valid file or URL
3 - Failed to fetch data from URL


Put Gron in your $PATH (e.g. /usr/bin/gron) so you don't have to use the "./":

~# sudo mv gron /usr/bin/gron
~# cat test-input.json | gron

Instead of:

~# cat test-input.json | ./gron
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