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A set of scripts and dotfiles to bootstrap swarm coding.

Wanna get started right away? Check out Syme from @technomancy


NOTE: Only the host of the swarming session needs to follow the instructions below.

Participating Prerequisites

  • A *nix terminal. If you're on Windows, check out the PuTTY program.
  • Basic familiarity or affinity to a terminal-based editor such as Emacs or [Vim][]
  • Someone willing to host a swarm coding session.

Connect to a swarm host with the following commands*.

$ ssh swarm@$HOST_IP
$ tmux attach swarming

* With PuTTY, you will actually be entering the host ip in a Windows dialogue, then prompted for the username later.

Hosting Prerequisites


  1. Be on a *nix machine
  2. Have the ability to sudo


  • [sshd][]
  • tmux
  • A terminal-based $EDITOR of your choice, [Vim][] and Emacs are currently supported.


  • Add a user with username swarm to your machine.

    Suggested command:

    $ sudo adduser swarm --gecos "" # set password to swarm

  • Start your ssh daemon after ensuring swarm is accessible via ssh.
  • Start an interactive shell as swarm.

    $ sudo -u swarm -i


As the User swarm $ git clone git:// $ swarming/$EDITOR/

Go Swarm!

After bootstrapping [leiningen][] and symlinking the appropriate dotfiles for your chosen $EDITOR, the last command will start a tmux session called swarming as well as print a message that you can share with your swarm on how to connect.

==> Created tmux session
==> Bootstrapping Leiningen
==> Symlinking Editor Dotfiles
==> Direct the swarm to connect using $ ssh swarm@
==> Happy Swarming


The dependency on the root sshd server is both a security risk to host machine and a pain point for flexible, yet precise instructions. It'd be cool to bundle an embedded ssh daemon (Dropbear?) and run it as the non-privileged swarm user on port 5022 or something.

Since Swarm coding is not, as a rule, bound to Clojure just as it was not bound to emacs, I would like to add support for other languages such as Ruby, Python, Go, or Racket.


Copyright © 2010-2012 the Seattle Clojure Group Released under the Eclipse Public License.

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