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tmeta

A console for your console

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Description

tmeta is a wrapper for tmux that supports sending and receiving data to/from tmux panes.

Anything typed into the bottom pane is sent to the top one, but lines that start with a backslash are commands for tmeta. You can type \help to see all possible commands.

Why

Because you get:

  • an uncluttered view of your commands separate from the output
  • a local history for commands that are run remotely
  • readline interface independent of the remote console
  • scripting support for programs that require a TTY
  • macros
  • the ability to monitor or capture output
  • other expect-like functionality
  • controlled copy-and-paste operations into remote sessions

Quick start

See below for installation.

There are a few different ways to start tmeta.

  1. Start tmux yourself, then have tmeta split a window and start up in its own pane:

    $ tmux
    $ tmeta
    
  2. Let tmeta start tmux for you:

$ tmeta
  1. Run a tmeta script. This will split and run in another pane.
    $ tmux
    $ tmeta script.tm
    

I use the .tm suffix for my tmeta scripts. If you do too, you might like this vim syntax file.

What do I use it with

tmeta plays well with REPLs, or any console based application that uses a tty. For instance, docker, rails console, interactive ruby shell, the python debugger, the jupyter console, psql, mysql, regular ssh sessions, local terminal sessions, whatever

More documentation

Please see the documentation for a complete list of commands.

Examples

Show a list of commands.

> \help

Run date every 5 seconds until the output contains 02

> date
> \repeat
> \await 02

Within a debugger session, send next every 2 seconds.

> next
> \repeat 2

Search the command history for the last occurrence of 'User' using fzf (readline command history works too)

> \find User

Search the output for "http"

> \grep http

Send a local file named bigfile.rb to a remote rails console

> \send bigfile.rb

Same thing, but throttle the copy-paste operation, sending 1 line per second:

> \delay 1
> \send bigfile.rb

Similar, but send it to an ssh console by first tarring and base64 encoding and not echoing stdout, and note that 'something' can also be a directory:

> \xfer something

Run a command locally, sending each line of output to the remote console:

> \do echo date

Run a shell snippet locally, sending each line of output to the remote console:

> \dosh for i in `seq 5`; do echo "ping host-$i"; done

Start printing the numbers 1 through 100, one per second, but send a ctrl-c when the number 10 is printed:

> \enq \stop
queue is now : \stop
> for i in `seq 100`; do echo $i; sleep 1; done
# .. starts running in other pane ...
> \await 10
Waiting for "10"
Then I will send:
\stop
Done: saw "10"
starting enqueued command: \stop

Add an alias cat which cats a local file

\alias cat \shell cat

Show a local file (do not send it to the other pane) using the above alias

\cat myfile

Edit a file named session.rb, in ~/.tmeta/scripts

\edit session.rb

After running the above, add this to session.rb:

irb

\expect irb(main):001:0>

"hello world"

\expect irb(main):002:0>

exit

Now running

\run session.rb

will start the interactive ruby console (irb) and the following session should take place on the top panel:

$ irb
irb(main):001:0> "hello world"
=> "hello world"
irb(main):002:0> exit
$

Installation

Prerequisites: fzf, tmux, libreadline, raku and a few modules

On OS/X

brew install fzf
brew install tmux
brew install rakudo
zef install https://github.com/bduggan/tmeta.git

You can also install raku with rakubrew and then use zef to install tmeta.

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