It’s no secret I’ve been spending some time having fun with ABS, a programming language with a terse and concise syntax that can simplify working with shell commands.
A few weeks ago I needed to remove a file from all of Namshi’s private GitHub repositories and did so with an ABS script.
Let’s get to it!
Namshi has been running Docker builds on a tool we open-sourced, Roger, until we decided to migrate to Google Cloud Build as it offered a similar service without the need of having to manage the build infrastructure ourselves — the less we manage, the happier we are.
When you setup a build on Roger, it will infer metadata from a
in the root of the repo:
Now, we had pushed this file to all of our internal repositories, and with the migration to GCB we didn’t need them anymore. Time to flush them all!
I wanted this to be as quick as possible, without having to go through sending pull requests to each repository: who would have time to review and approve all these trivial PRs that would simply remove one, now-useless file?
The script had to do something very simple:
- get a list of all of our repositories
- try to see if a
build.ymlexists in the root of the repo
masterwith a new commit that removes the file
Easy peasy, no?
The code is quite straightforward, with the only exception of having to handle pagination
since the GitHub API won’t return us a full list of repos: even with that, it’s simply
a matter of keeping track of a counter and exit the
while loop when there are no more
repositories to fetch. The whole functionality is implemented in ~30 lines of code:
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Then it’s just a matter of running the script:
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On GitHub, each of your repos will have a commit that removes the file you’re gunning for:
This is an example of where I think ABS truly shines:
the ability to issue system commands (
`curl ...`) and parse
the results like a traditional programming language: in this script,
response.json() extensively since the GitHub API
returns JSON content, and it becomes extremely simple to turn that
response into an ABS data structure we can work with.
What are you waiting for?
Install ABS with a simple one-liner:
…and start scripting like it’s 2019!