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Administration tools for the lazy software development manager.

Cleric automates the boring jobs a manager has to do when administrating accounts on GitHub, HipChat and other services used by teams. It provides commands such as:

  • Add a GitHub user to a team
  • Remove a GitHub user from an organization
  • Create a GitHub repo, assign it to a team and hook up repo notifications to HipChat all at once
  • Audit a local repo to ensure all commits are covered by pull requests

For any successful action, a configured HipChat room is notified, allowing other managers to see what's going on in your organization.

Cleric is intended to be extensible, so it should ultimately be possible to plug in other repo and chat services (assuming they have an adequate API) and provide other management notification mechanisms beyond HipChat.

While Cleric currently provides a command line interface, the design is intended to be reusable with other interfaces, e.g. a web UI.


Cleric is available as a gem through GitHub, hence you'll need to add it to the Gemfile of an existing project or create a stub Gemfile to use it in isolation. Add the following line:

gem 'cleric', git: ''

Then run:

bundle install

This assumes you have Ruby (1.9+) and the bundler gem installed already!

To use the Cleric from the command line, run this command in the top directory for help:

[bundle exec] cleric help


Cleric is configured using the .clericrc YAML file in your home directory.

Management notifications

Management notification to a HipChat room is (currently) mandatory and requires the following settings in .clericrc:

  api_token: 1234567890abcdef1234567890abcd
  announcement_room_id: 1234

The api_token value should be an Admin token, to allow future commands to perform actions such as adding accounts. As the HipChat API does not provide a way to generate tokens, you will have to do this manually (once) through the "Group admin" web UI.

The announcement_room_id is the management notification chat room's id. In HipChat's chat web UI, this can be discovered by looking at the URL in the chat history page. In future, Cleric should allow room names to be used or provide a command to look up the id. Using an id does have the advantage of be resilient to the chat room being renamed.

GitHub authentication

By default, Cleric will prompt for your GitHub login and password on each invocation. You can avoid this be running the following command:

[bundle exec] cleric auth

You will be prompted for your login and password one last time but then an API token will be generated and stored in .clericrc.

Guard this token like you would a password! It allows the possessor full access to every public and private repo your account has access to! The advantage API tokens have over passwords is that they do not allow your account to be modified and can be revoked individually from GitHub's account management UI; Cleric's token will be named "Cleric (API)".

If you are uncomfortable with this level of risk, you can still enter your login and password with each invocation, which is the default behavior.

GitHub repo notifications to HipChat

The repo create command allows a new GitHub repo to (optionally) post notifications to a HipChat room. Rather than configure GitHub with the admin-level token used by Cleric itself, a separate Notification token should be used and configured in .clericrc as follows:

  api_token: 1234567890abcdef1234567890abcd
  announcement_room_id: 1234
  repo_api_token: abcdef1234567890abcdef12345678



Administration tools for the lazy software development manager.








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