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It is a Shell Scripting Development Kit (ShSDK) that currently supports bash. ShCF gives you the ability to develop shell scripts in bash in a lightweight manner, meaning, you can concentrate on the core logic of your scripts, NOT on how you would use the framework. ShCF is learnable in an hour, provided you already know how to do shell scripting and programming.

In the near future, it would even allow you to make standalone bash shell scripts.


1. Create new script

Create a new shcf-based shell script

  ~$ git clone
  ~$ ./shcf/core/bin/shcf_cli init
  ~$ shcf_cli new hello_world

2. Add basic logic

Add basic logic, let's say the greeter() function

  ~$ shcf_cli lib hello_world greeter

2.1. Modify greeter function file

Modify hello_world/lib/ to say 'hello world'

2.2. Update main script

Update main script hello_world/bin/hello_world so it calls greeter' TIP: Add it to autoload_functions' line

3. For adding another script

To create additional scripts into your project, say `whoami':

  ~$ shcf_cli hello_world whoami

4. Further help

Further usage, help is available. Just run:

  ~$ shcf_cli help


1. Clone the shcf project:

  ~$ git clone

2. Initialize the environment

  ~$ ./shcf/core/bin/shcf_cli init
   Platform environment has been set. See below:

At this point, you can use shcf_cli' from any path so long as you don'texit'.

3. Now, create a new project. Example, `hello_world'

  ~$ shcf_cli new your_project_dir/hello_world

A successful creation should be something like below:

  ~$ shcf_cli new your_project_dir/hello_world
    template script created in your_project_dir/hello_world/bin/hello_world
    Successful creation of your_project_dir/hello_world

4. Make the template binary in `bin' executable

    ~$ chmod u+x ./your_project_dir/bin/hello_world

5. Template script is not yet ready. If you insist on running it like below:

  ~ $ ./hello_world

Expect to see the following error:

    /home/your_username/your_project_dir/hello_world/lib/ line 26: /home/your_username/your_project_dir/hello_world/lib/ No such file or directory
    ERROR: Missing required rename_function1
    /home/your_username/your_project_dir/hello_world/lib/ line 26: /home/your_username/your_project_dir/hello_world/lib/ No such file or directory
    ERROR: Missing required rename_function2
    /home/your_username/your_project_dir/hello_world/lib/ line 26: /home/your_username/your_project_dir/hello_world/lib/ No such file or directory
    ERROR: Missing required rename_functionX

Template View' (see MVC pattern in INSPIRATION' section below) included 3 functions that where meant to be replaced or removed, hence the error. To fix the problem, go to the Model' (or lib' directory) and create a function named 'greeter()' (as file with contents below:

    greeter() {
       local message=$1
       echo "$message!"

TIP: Another approach is to create a template file using command `shcf_cli lib hello_world greeter'

In `bin/hello_world', remove the 3 template functions namely:


and replace it with `greeter'.

Below, the comment block:

    ## ..............................
    ## main utility tool starts below
    ## ..............................

add the line:

    greeter "Hello, World"

Of course, save the file.

Rerun, again.

    ~ $ ./hello_world

If you followed the instructions correctly, you should see the greeting:

    ~$ ./hello_world
      Hello, World!

6. Now, if you want to add additional script to your project, that is easy. Let's assume

  you want to create `whoami'. Just run the command:
    ~$ shcf_cli bin hello_world whoami

Same instructions as above, put the logic, make it executable and you're on.

7. For other usage, help is available. Just run:

    $ shcf_cli help


For people who are more comfortable with the usual package installation, SHCF is now available for the two major Linux packages: rpm and deb.

To install rpm, run the following:

curl -s | sudo bash

For deb installation, run:

~$ curl -s | sudo bash

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1. Model-View-Controller(MVC) pattern

I am not fully sure if I understand the MVC pattern correctly, but in my own understanding:

  • Model - is the business logic or the "how" of this framework. It is the one that bears the burden on how a specific functionality is to be carried out. In this framework, you can see the 'model' inside "lib", like ''

  • View - is the frontliner, the one that faces the demanding customer, the end-user. Example is the script created in 'bin'

  • Controller - is the mediator/middle-man directing the requests of the demanding customer(via 'View') to the corresponding 'model'. For instance, we have a script that does an SQL query. The script(also called the 'view'), having been asked by the demanding customer to do an SQL query, would look up through the 'controller' if an sql-query 'model' can be found. Controller then knows how to locate such 'model'. In this framework, controller is called etc/ which should be included in every scripts that uses this framework.

2. Autoloading in PHP

Having seen a lot of shell scripts with functions being duplicated across scripts made me recognize a shell maintenance nightmare. A slight change in functionality on the main tool would mean changing a lot of scripts. So I made a roughly similar functionality in this framework so that only one function would be made and will simply be called in each script that needs it. Maintenance would be quickly and easy.

In this framework, it can be seen in lib/ and will be called in script something like

   autoload_functions "func1 func2 func3 etc"

The above way to call 'autoload_function' means that functions is directly accessible from 'lib' and NOT inside directories within 'lib'. To reference a function stored in a directory within 'lib' prefix it with the directory relative to 'lib'. For example to use sqlQuery function which is stored in 'lib/db/sql/mysql' and 'ishost_up' located in 'lib/box_mgt' you will call 'autoload_function' like

   autoload_functions "lib/db/sql/mysql/sqlQuery box_mgt/ishost_up"

In short, auto-loading stays relatively the same. Just prefix a function with the directory where it is stored and no directory name prefix if it is in same level as