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We can't get a makefile to rid of all .o obj files automatically, netiher can we get the output to a target file. As a result, to use rshell, please enter in 'make' from the root folder. Then enter './rshell' . If you'd like to rid of the object files, enter in 'make clean'. We apologize for the inconvenience.


rshell-h-h created by GitHub Classroom

Author: Hamza Awad and Huzaifah Simjee


rshell will be written in C++. We will be designing the project with functionalities mirroring the linux terminal. First off, a live command prompt is presented to the user. The program will await for input given to it as linux commands, except cd. These commands can be connected to eachother based on 'and' and 'or' connectors. Also, the functionality of precendencial execution works; this is true even for nested parenthesis. Also, the test command can be input and executes regardless of whether the word 'test' is used, or whether the opening square brackets and closing square brackets are used.

The chosen design style for accomplishing this is composite. This is because it will allow modularity which will make adding additional components simple and will allow smaller objects to be morphed together to make more complex objects. Thus, as a user, I would like to input multiple commands through an instruction I will write into a program with different connectors that will make each command execute depending on whether or not a previous command has been executed successfully.


Commands can be typed in the rshell as such:

echo Hello World
echo "Hello World";
git status && echo a
echo a || echo b
ech a || echo b
[ -r src/ ]
[ -e src/Execute.hh ]
[ -d src/ ]
(echo a && echo z) || echo b
(ech a && echo b) && echo c
(ech a || echo b) && echo c
([ -e src/Menu.hh ] || echo a) || echo b; echo c
echo A && echo B #echo C
pwd > filename
cat filename
echo 'Hello, cruel world!' >> filename
du | sort -nr | head
ls -la | head >> new_file


Known Issues

Very narrow and unspecified edgecases.
Also, uncompleted redirection support.

Classes/Class Groups - Description

First and foremost, our overarching class group is called Interface. This abstract base class will inherit certain data members and methods to its two children: Menu and Command class. This Interface will be, not only responsible for sharing data members across classes, but to orchestrate its children in a way that the rshell prompt can function in sync with regards to displaying, reading in, and splitting commands. This interface class will eventually loop to a point where its subclass, Menu, will receive the “exit” command; thus, our interface operations will terminate and all functionality of our software will cease.

The first subclass of Interface to discuss is Menu. Menu will have a string data member returnCMD and a function which requests command input from the client getPrompt(). getPrompt() will have no return value and if the command(s) can be identified and isn’t the exit command, the function will set returnCMD to the inputted command line. Essentially, getPrompt() is a function that prints ‘$’ and waits for the user to type in the desired command(s). Menu is a subclass of Interface.

The second subclass of Interface is Command. This class is responsible for organizing its own subclasses to split commands received through Menu and store them in Command’s vector data member: vector CMDList. While Command does inherit from Interface, it will have two children of its own: CMD and Execute. CMD’s purpose is defined through one of CMD’s functions: splitString(). On a larger scale, CMD objects will hold information regarding the single split command and its command type (if numerous). These CMD objects will be the vector type of which CMDList is made of. Therefore, CMD has to contain two data members, aside from its splitString() method: a string instruction data member and an int connector data member. instruction is fairly straightforward in that it will be set through splitString(), along with connector being set, and then dynamically allocated and pushed onto Command’s CMDList. instruction is simply going to store a single command, while connector is going to figure out what connector-type follows this command. If the connector type is || , then the identifier we will use in connector is 2. If && , we will use 3. If the connector-type is just a semicolon, then connector will be 1. If the connector-type doesn’t exist (i.e. there is nothing following the current command) then connector will be set to 0.

The second subclass of Command, Execute, inherits its parent’s vector of CMDs. Execute will be responsible for going through the entire CMDList, tossing out any commands that don’t exist or that our command prompt doesn’t know about yet. And for each valid command(s) that it goes through, they will be executed then be popped out of the vector, so by the end of Execute going through all CMDs in CMDList, the resultant vector should be empty of all stored CMDs.

Once this cycle of command execution is complete, it is up to the interface class to signal to Menu that it is time to get the next prompt from the client.

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