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README for @, also known as monkey-tail


@ is a swiss army knife for the *Nix user, and is self-contained and portable.


Well, I feel that it's nice to have a collection of simple commands in a
separate utility, rather than "polluting" the shell namespace.

You can hang @ on your belt, along with your shell, editor and your C compiler.


Copy @ into your usual directory for scripts(make sure it is in your $PATH), etc

Test if @ can run:
  $ @

If everything is ok, you should see:
  $ @
  Usage: @ <subcommand>
     or: @ list-commands
     or: @ help-on <subcommand>

Otherwise, if you see this:
  $ @
  bash: @: command not found

You need to add your scripts directory to your $PATH (via your .bashrc or .bash_profile). Assuming it's $HOME/tools:
  export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/tools:

Now that everything is set, explore.

Simply run:

	@ list-commands

For example, to show disk usage of the current directory:

 	@ disk-usage

Or, find the disk hogs in your downloads directory:

	@ disk-hogs ~/Downloads


@ can merge pieces of code into itself, to provide extra commands, etc.
Additionally, "externals" can then be updated from their source.

For example:

	@ external-add

Will import the "hello-world" external, and all commands contained within will
be available. For instance:

	@ hello-world

To remove "hello-world", simply use:

	@ external-remove hello-world

If you have modified an external which is embedded into @, you can extract
the code using:

	@ external-code <external-name>

You can append code to an external using:

	@ external-append 

Creating Your Own External

An external is simply a kind of bash script with "# @" on the first line

Each command in @ is a bash function, prefixed with _ (underscore). For example:

	# @
	_my-command () {
	 echo "Hello there!"

Once merged into @ (using external-add <file>), can be accessed by:

	@ my-command

@ provides a few built in functions, and eventually there will be more.
Please do take a look at the source code!

For more examples of externals, take a look at:

	< >

By Who?

@ is written by Lucas Martin-King and licenced under the GPLv2


A swiss army knife of commands and shell hacks, using @ as the prefix




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