I promised some tips so here is the first one:


1. It is the matter of time when is will stop working. The point is that your script relies on some system state (files, programs, etc.), but it will change with an update. There is no more `ifconfig` for example.

2. The scripting language is ugly by itself. I can't remember how to write simple IF that checks command output. And error handling is a mess.

What instead? Stay tuned!

The most common use of shell scripts is automation of routine tasks. For this purpose I recommend using Ansible.
* Declarative (forget checks like "if dir not exist -> mkdir -p")
* Reusable (you can write roles and apply them to local machine or remote ones
* Testable (with molecule.readthedocs.io)
* Yet another framework you have to learn
* I faced some unpredictable behavior with async tasks ~2 years ago, maybe now it fixed

Try experimenting with it! It is fun and easy =)

The next use case of shell scripts is to write your local utils. As I mentioned earlier, I consider POSIX shells aren't handy enough, so I use .
It has more clear syntax and some really nice features: Lists, String manipulations, Math module (you can calculate tan in shell! Yeah!), Colors, Autocomplete based on man pages and Web-UI configurator!

Take a look at my recent fish-script that adds audio tracks to video files (cause VLC can't do this automatically, WTF?):


The last one: Shell scripts in DOCKERFILE.
If you use docker a lot than probably at least one of the following is true:
1. You have images that are based on other images (and those are based on some other)
2. There are a lot of duplication in your Dockerfiles

The advise is simple: get rid of Dockerfiles entirely =)
There is a packer.io project that gives you an ability to create images from ansible playbooks directly. You can get the advantage of ansible roles and molecule tests!

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