easily manage build commands
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Easily manage build commands


Building software involves the execution of some configuration steps, the building helper it self and maybe some other things. Each project has it's very own structure, so remembering the exact commands for all projects is hard. This small script aims to help with this. You can set a specific command needed to build the software in your current directory, and afterward call only dirbuild, which will handle the build for you.


Clone this repo or just download the script dirbuild.py. Save it for example at your users bin folder at ~/bin

This sript uses pyxdg and docopt. Install manually or after cloning this repo by pip install -r requirements.txt.



  dirbuild set <command>
  dirbuild get
  dirbuild build
  dirbuild dump

  -h --help     Show this screen.
  --version     Show version.

An example workflow would look like this. Assume we have cloned the neovim repo to ~/git/build/neovim and we already are in this folder. At the first time we have to set the command we need to build the software:

dirbuild set "CFLAGS=\"-march=native -pipe\" CXXFLAGS=\"$CFLAGS\" make -j8 && sudo make install"

We could check the saved command by entering dirbuild get, which will print the same command.

If we want to build this software, we only have to execute dirbuild.

In the future we can update the code, for example by pulling the repo git pull and executing again dirbuild. Upating the building command can be done by issuing again dirbuild set with the updated command. Old commands are stored in the database an can be retrieved via dirbuild dump.