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Re: to - Bookmark file system locations in bash on POSIX-like systems

From: Mara Kim
Subject: Re: to - Bookmark file system locations in bash on POSIX-like systems
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 03:58:50 -0500

Hi Chris!

Actually, this is great!  Style critique, plus runtime analysis.  Am I
dreaming? :D

I see your point regarding the use of variables to hold commands.  Using
PATH is a much better method of handling that functionality.  And with the
magic of vim and git  *POOF*  it's gone...

What is do you mean specifically by function vs [?  Do you mean parens?  Is
function a bash-ism?

I am really only enthusiastic about the interface of 'to'.  While 'jump'
has a faster running time, 'to' lets you move directly to subdirectories of
your bookmark.  For example, '$ to foo/bar' moves you to the bar directory
under the foo bookmark, with tab completion!

You are right though, the implementation is a mess.  I originally wanted to
have a stable filesystem representation of a user's bookmarks (thus, the
bookmarks file) so that a user could directly edit the bookmarks, but that
has turned into a messy glob of sed statements.  The concept itself is so
simple that I think I'm going to reimplement it using a bookmarks folder
with symlinks.  That would solve all the problems related to filenames, and
most likely provide better running times as well. (*cough* git checkout -b


On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 2:49 AM, Chris Down <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hi Mara,
> On 2013-04-03 17:08, Mara Kim wrote:
> > I thought you guys might enjoy this simple tool I wrote.  It's under GPL
> so
> > use it, hack it, fork it, ignore it, etc.
> I'm sorry that the first reply has to be criticism, but since you posted
> it on a
> mailing list, I guess you're looking for feedback.
> First of all, please stop using variables to contain things like "echo", or
> whatever. The prevalence of $TO_X all over the script is horrific and
> should be
> completely avoided. Almost always this is because people want to hardcode
> the
> path, which should just be done by setting $PATH at the top of the script,
> but
> it seems you're not doing that, so I have absolutely no idea what you
> hoped to
> achieve by littering your script with that.
> You also have a lot of mixing of bash and POSIX idioms. The result is that
> it's
> both not POSIX portable, and fails to use bash features when it could (QED,
> function vs. [).
> Your script will break on paths or names with pipes in them, or newlines.
> There are a few other problems, but I don't think it's constructive for me
> to
> nag about small points.
> Here's a function I've been running for a while that does something
> similar.
> I didn't look in detail with your code, so I can't offer a feature
> comparison.
> It also offers O(1)-ish lookup time, whereas from a brief read it looks
> like
> your code will be at least O(n).
>     declare -A JUMP_DIRS
>     jump() {
>         (( $# == 1 )) || return 1
>         dir="${JUMP_DIRS[$1]}"
>         if ! [[ $dir ]]; then
>             printf 'No such jump name: %s\n' "$1" >&2
>             return 1
>         fi
>         cd "$dir"
>     }
> You use it by putting `JUMP_DIRS["foo"]=bar' directives in your
> configuration,
> and then jump around using `jump foo'. I cannot think of a time where it
> was
> useful for me to add paths during runtime, so an --add or --remove option
> seems
> pointless.
> Best,
> Chris


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