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Vodoo-Magic is a shell-script development framework written in Bash. It aims on providing a flexible and extensible code-base for any and every kind of quirky voodoo-magic shell-script fantasy of your needs.

Voodoo-Magic has adepted many design concepts from Rear (Relax and Recover) to achieve a very high level of flexibility when it comes down to one of those situations where you could really use a nifty Bash script, but then realize the overhead in taking care of all the business- and error logic surrounding your actual few lines of script code.

The approach of the framework is easily explained. It distinguishes peripheral logic from actual payload code and provides an abstraction layer called workflow for you to write this actual script code in. The framework surrounding it provides all sorts of useful tools and helpers to achieve your goal with maximum effectiveness. Your workflow is then accessible as shell parameter within the framework, e.g. voodoo-magic <workflow>. See voodoo-magic help workflow for more details.

Voodoo-Magic targets junior admins and operators that either want to play around with Bash or even improve their skills while learning more about all the features and possibilities it has to offer. It can even be very helpful in many common situations as described above, but should be seen in a more or less academic context, after all. Please, feel welcome to contribute to voodoo-magic in form of framework optimizations, creative ideas and all sorts of nifty voodoo-magic workflows.

Voodoo-Magic is still alpha-state software and under ongoing development.

Underlaying Design-Concept

Voodoo-Magic takes advantage of the GNU 'source' binary to include other script files. The possibility to spread code across several files brings up the idea of structuring your files in a very definit directory tree layout and then sourcing them recursivly in a predefined order.

Suddenly it is possible to put process-logic into the directory structure itself, meaning that changing the order or location of the script files, changes the workflow as scripts are sourced in a different way. If-conditions can even decide to either walk down the scripts in directory tree A or directory tree B. Not only if-conditions, but also shell arguments could manipulate the behaviour in which files are sourced in what order.

Basically a workflow within the framework, is nothing more than a predefined directory structure that the framework can source because it knows the internal layout. Now assume we call one sub-directory conf/ and another one we could call functions/ and another one doc/ and so on, and we have various directory structures of exectly this type laying around side by side. We can check if a directory with the name $1 exists and if so, recursivly source all files in a sensefully predefined order inside that directory. That's pretty much all the magic there is to it.

Realizing the possibilities of this design-concept, the idea arose to write a development framework, by adding plenty of useful helper functions and global variables around the workflow before sourcing it, opening the possibility to write small scripts by outsourcing all the repetative logic into the outlaying framework. The framework provides an environment for the workflow with tools and helpers for repetative tasks you would otherwise have to write over and over.

Severe parts of the design-concept have been adapted from Rear - Relax and Recover.


Voodoo-Magic is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Voodoo-Magic is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with Voodoo-Magic; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA


Voodoo-Magic comes with an installation workflow so it can easily be installed to /. See voodoo-magic help install for more information.

Easy-install method

Issue the following command as root user:

wget -O - | bash


Voodoo-Magic currently supports the following features:

  • General
    • High flexibility and extendability achieved by its modularity
    • Open-Source straight up from the bottom
    • Easy exchangability of workflows within the community
    • Simulation mode - only print script names to stdout instead of sourcing them
  • Logging
    • Single stand-alone logfile
    • Log-rotation (rotates once per execution of the framework)
    • Redirecting of stderr into the logfile while executing workflows
    • Debug-Logging
    • Script-Debug-Mode (log workflow related jobs with set -x)
    • Verbose mode (echo everything to stdout that goes to the logfile)
  • Available Helpers
    • Echo to stdout and the logfile under various conditions
    • Easily add, parse and validate shell-arguments for workflows
    • Intuitive exit-task handler interface
    • Several other various helper functions
  • Available Workflows
    • Meta-workflow for managing workflows, e.g. create new ones, listing availabe workflows, as well as packaging and distribution of workflows
    • Install the framework to / (also includes routines for uninstalling)
    • Fork the entire framework into a new project (incl. fork-commit)
    • Help workflow that covers general help as well as individual workflow help