Recent Articles - Shell
Bash Environment Variable Defaults
Apr 5, 2023 · 3 min read
Bash scripts can set defaults for environment variables that are optionally supplied at execution time.
Hash a String to a Number in Bash
Mar 5, 2023 · 2 min read
Sometimes you need to turn a stable string ID into a stable number ID, and it's relatively easy to do in Bash.
Automatically Execute Code Before & After Unix Commands
Jan 19, 2023 · 4 min read
It can be helpful to run some code automatically before or after calling a command, and it is easy to accomplish with shadowing functions.
Reliably Finding Files in $PATH
Aug 27, 2021 · 4 min read
Most built-in commands commonly used to find files in $PATH don't always work quite as expected, or are shell-specific.
Docker Shell vs. Exec Form
Mar 22, 2021 · 4 min read
The RUN, ENTRYPOINT, and CMD, instructions all have two different forms they can be written in, and those forms change how each of those instructions behaves.
You Don't Need an Init System for Node.js in Docker
Mar 20, 2021 · 5 min read
But you do need to think about how your application handles exit signals.