Bash completion for Jake files

Jun 18, 2012 bashjake

To implement bash(1) tab completion for Jakefile task names all you need to do is add this completion function and command to your ~/.bashrc file:

See also my previous post Bash completion for cake files.

# Task name completion for Jake files.
function _jake() {
    local cur tasks
    # The sed command strips terminal escape sequences.
    tasks=$(jake -T \
            | sed -r 's/\x1b[[()=][;?0-9]*[0-9A-Za-z]?//g' \
            | awk '{print $2}')
    if [ $COMP_CWORD -eq 1 ]; then
        # Task name completion for first argument.
        COMPREPLY=( $(compgen -W "$tasks" $cur) )
        # File name completion for other arguments.
        COMPREPLY=( $(compgen -f $cur) )
complete -o default -F _jake jake j

Now it you type jake <Tab> at the bash command prompt you will get a list of tasks from the current Jakefile. As with all bash completions, if you start typing a name and press Tab then bash will complete the name for you.

To cut down key strokes I’ve also added a j alias for jake to ~/.bashrc:

alias j='jake'
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