Bash Tips and Tricks

 2021-11-02 1 minute read 0 Comments improve this post #bash | #command line | #linux


Creating a tips and tricks page can get a bit messy, and there are too many bash tips and tricks that exist out in the wild to create a condensed and concise page so this is neither of those; but within this page are some bits that I have found useful and would love a single source to review them again when needed.

Get Directory of a Script

Get directory of a script, eh? Sounds easy peasy, but you would be surprised. The idea behind this next snippet is that the desired output is a script’s root directory regardless of where the script might be symlinked.

script_dir() {
        while [ -h "$SOURCE" ]; do # resolve $SOURCE until the file is no longer a symlink
                DIR="$( cd -P "$( dirname "$SOURCE" )" >/dev/null 2>&1 && pwd )"
                SOURCE="$(readlink "$SOURCE")"
                # if $SOURCE was a relative symlink, we need to resolve it relative to the path where the symlink file
                # was located
                [[ $SOURCE != /* ]] && SOURCE="$DIR/$SOURCE"
        DIR="$( cd -P "$( dirname "$SOURCE" )" >/dev/null 2>&1 && pwd )"
        echo ${DIR}

Include Functions From Another File

If ever needing to share a set of functions between scripts, it may be uber helpful to create an file where the shared functions exist. To include functions from another file, use the source command or the ’.’ (dot).

if [[ ! -d "$INCLUDES_DIR" ]]; then INCLUDES_DIR="$PWD"; fi
. "$INCLUDES_DIR/bash_plugin_helpers"

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