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Yetibot

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You can treat Yetibot as a communal command line. It works well for:

  • teaching: how to run internal automation, language evaluation for JS, Scala, Clojure, and Haskell
  • productivity: automating things around Jenkins, JIRA, running SSH commands on various servers, and interacting with internal APIs via private yetibot plugins
  • fun: google image search, gif lookups, meme generation

Features that make Yetibot powerful and great, which is to say fun:

  • Unix-style pipes allow tremendous expressiveness in chaining together complex and flexible commands.
  • Sub-expressions let you embed the output of one command into an outer command. They can be nested as many levels deep as you can imagine (open a PR to add to EXAMPLES if you come up with something crazy!).
  • Aliases let you parameterize complex expressions and give them a name allowing your team to quickly build up idiomatic team-specific Yetibot usages (not just memes!).
  • Per-channel settings let you store arbitrary config at the channel level, which can be used by commands or aliases to change the behavior of commands depending on which channel you're in (e.g. the default JIRA project for a channel).
  • Feature category toggle lets you disable or enable entire categories of commands per-channel; useful for disabling gifs in the work-only channel 😁.

Take a look at the usage examples to see some fun useful ways it can be used.

To quickly try out Yetibot with minimal config, read the blog post Yetibot on Docker in 𝓧 minutes or less.

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Roadmap

Yetibot has been undergoing continuous improvement since its inception. These are the immediate priorities, in addition to any bugfixes. Feedback and contributions are very welcome!

  • Dockerize Yetibot. Done! Check out the instructions.
  • Dockerize Datomic Pro Starter edition.
  • Integrate with StackStorm for automation on steriods. Done! Check out yetibot-stackstorm.
  • Create a Heroku deploy button to make it easy to get started
  • Make adapters plugable
  • Create more examples of plugins (e.g. Travis)
  • Run a demo Yetibot instance
  • Design & build yetibot.com. In progress!

Installation

There are three primary ways of installing Yetibot:

  1. Follow the Docker instructions: the fastest way if you're already using Docker!
  2. Clone this repo: this gives you a standard Yetibot installation and provides a git-ignored place to store configuration. Run from the root dir with lein run.
  3. Make your own repo and depend on Yetibot: this gives you ultimate customizability, allowing you to depend on custom Yetibot plugins or define your own commands in-project, and gives you control over where you store your config (manual management, commit to private git repo, etc...)

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Configuration

Configuration lives at config/config.edn, which is git-ignored. See config/config-sample.edn for a sample config. cp config/config-sample.edn config/config.edn and fill in the blanks to get started.

Running

Once configuration is in place, simply lein run (requires leiningen).

Usage

All commands are prefixed by !.

Pipes

Output from one command can be piped to another, like Unix pipes.

!complete does IE support | xargs echo %s? No, it is sucky.

does ie support html5? No, it is sucky.
does ie support css3? No, it is sucky.
does ie support svg? No, it is sucky.
does ie support media queries? No, it is sucky.
does ie support ftps? No, it is sucky.
does ie support png? No, it is sucky.
does ie support canvas? No, it is sucky.
does ie support @font-face? No, it is sucky.
does ie support webgl? No, it is sucky.
does ie support ttf? No, it is sucky.

Backticks

Backticks provide a lightweight syntax for sub-expressions, but they can't be nested.

!meme grumpy cat: `catfact` / False

Nested sub-expressions

For arbitrarily-nested sub-expressions, use $(expr) syntax, which disambiguates the open and closing of an expressions.

!meme chemistry: $(number $(js parseInt('$(weather 98105 | head 2 | tail)')))

Combo

!echo `repeat 10 echo i don't always repeat myself but | join`…StackOverflowError | meme interesting:

Aliases

You can build your own aliases at runtime. These are stored in the configured database, so upon restart they are restored.

!alias nogrid = repeat 3 echo `repeat 3 meme grumpy: no | join`

Pipes can be used, but the right-hand side must be quoted in order to treat it as a literal instead of being evaluated according to normal pipe behavior.

!alias i5 = "random | http://icons.wunderground.com/webcamramdisk/w/a/wadot/324/current.jpg?t=%s&.jpg"

You can specify placeholder arguments on the right-hand side using $s to indicate all arguments, or $n (where n is a 1-based index of which arg).

!alias temp = "weather $s | head 2 | tail"
!temp 98104
=> 33.6 F (0.9 C), Overcast

Adapter config

IRC: Yetibot can listen on any number of channels. You configure channels in config.edn. You can also invite Yetibot to a channel at runtime using the IRC /invite command:

/invite yetibot #whoa

When you invite Yetibot to a new channel, config.edn is overwritten, so next time you restart Yetibot, it will re-join the same channels.

You can also use the !room command to tell yetibot to join or leave a channel.

!help room
room join <room> # join <room>
room leave <room> # leave <room>
room list # list rooms that yetibot is in
room set <key> <value> # configure a setting for the current room
room settings # show all chat settings for this room
room settings <key> # show the value for a single setting

Slack: bots can't join a channel on their own, they must be invited, so room configuration doesn't apply. Instead, /invite @yetibot to any channel that you're in, and /kick @yetibot if you want it to leave. NB: you might need special privileges in order to kick.

Campfire is no longer supported. If you use Campfire, open an issue and we can add it back in!

Broadcast

If a room has broadcast set to true, Tweets will be published to that room. By default all rooms have it set to false. To enable:

!room set broadcast true

Help

Yetibot self-documents itself using the docstrings of its various commands. Ask it for !help to get a list of help topics. !help all shows fully expanded command list for each topic.

!help | join ,
Use help <topic> for more details, !, <gen>that, alias, ascii, asciichart,
attack, buffer, catfact, chat, chuck, classnamer, clj, cls, complete, config,
count, curl, ebay, echo, eval, features, gh, giftv, grep, haiku, head, help,
history, horse, hs, http, image, info, jargon, jen, join, js, keys, list, log,
mail, meme, memethat, mustachefact, number, order, poke, poms, random, raw,
react, reload, repeat, rest, reverse, rhyme, scala, scalex, sed, set, sort, source,
split, ssh, status, tail, take, tee, twitter, update, uptime, urban, users,
vals, weather, wiki, wolfram, wordnik, words, xargs, xkcd, zen

Plugins

Yetibot has a plugin-based architecture. Its core which all plugins depend on lives at https://github.com/devth/yetibot.core.

Yetibot will load all commands and observers with namespaces on the classpath matching the regexes at: https://github.com/devth/yetibot.core/blob/master/src/yetibot/core/loader.clj#L12-16

This lets you build any number of independent plugin projects and combine them via standard leiningen dependencies.

How it works

Curious how the internals of Yetibot works? At a high level:

  1. commands are run through a parser built on InstaParse: https://github.com/devth/yetibot.core/blob/master/src/yetibot/core/parser.clj
  2. an InstaParse transformer is configured to evaluate expressions through the interpreter, which handles things like nested sub-expressions and piped commands: https://github.com/devth/yetibot.core/blob/master/src/yetibot/core/interpreter.clj
  3. command namespaces are hooked into the interpreter's handle-cmd function using a cmd-hook macro and triggered via regex prefix matching: https://github.com/devth/yetibot.core/blob/master/src/yetibot/core/hooks.clj

Getting help

If the docs or implementation code don't serve you well, please open a pull request and explain why so we can improve the docs. Also feel free to open an issue for feature requests!

License

Copyright © 2012-2016 Trevor Hartman. Distributed under the Eclipse Public License 1.0, the same as Clojure.

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