Script your tmux to maximize awesome!

tmux is an awesome terminal multiplexer. I have been an Xmonad user about 4 years, and everytime I heard about tmux in the past I used to think that my window manager was powerful and I din’t need another terminal manager. But, tmux is much more than that.

If you spend a lot of time on your terminal, I urge you to take some time to learn tmux, you’ll be surprised by it. Anyway, the point of this post is to show you its scriptability.

I hacked together the following script from various sources online.

This script is to manage my workspace for Zammu(Zammu an awesome continuous delivery app that I am currently working on, Go check it out at https://zammu.in/). Zammu is a rails app, it is architected to use a bunch of microservices, so to start any meaningful work I need to fire up those agents too. Doing this manually is very tedious, with tmux I have one command to do it:

I just run tmz and it does the following:

  1. Opens my editor with my TODO file in the first window.
  2. Opens a pry console in the second window.
  3. Creates a split pane in the second window with a bash terminal, also runs the git log command, git status command and launches a browser with my server’s url.
  4. Creates a third window with rails server in the first pane, sidekiq in the second pane, foreman start in the third pane which starts all the agents and a guard agent for livereload in a tiny 2 line pane.
  5. Finally it switches to the first window and puts me in my editor.

This has been saving me a lot of time, I hope you find it useful.

I have similar workspace setter uppers for my communication (mutt, rainbowstream, irssi) and other projects.

I just ran the command history | grep '2016-02-17' | wc and it gave me 591 3066 23269 That is 591 commands in 3066 words and 23269 characters and that’s just the terminal. Do yourself a favor and use tmux.

I have also created a short screencast for it, check it out.

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#!/bin/bash
#filepath: ~/bin/tmz
SESSION_NAME='zammu'
ROOT_DIR="$HOME/r/webcore/web"
tmux has-session -t ${SESSION_NAME}
# open these only if we don't already have a session
# if we do just attach to that session
if [ $? != 0 ]
then
# -n => name of window
tmux new-session -d -s ${SESSION_NAME} -c ${ROOT_DIR} -n src
# 0 full-window with vim
tmux send-keys -t ${SESSION_NAME} "vim TODO" C-m
# - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
# 1 pry+terminal
tmux new-window -n pry -t ${SESSION_NAME} -c ${ROOT_DIR}
# >> pry
tmux send-keys -t ${SESSION_NAME}:1 'bundle exec rails console' C-m
# >> terminal 1index window 1index pane => 1.1
tmux split-window -h -t ${SESSION_NAME}:1 -c ${ROOT_DIR}
tmux send-keys -t ${SESSION_NAME}:1.1 '(/usr/bin/chromium-browser http://localhost:3000/ &> /dev/null &);git ll;git s' C-m
# - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
# 1 server+logs
tmux new-window -n server -t ${SESSION_NAME} -c ${ROOT_DIR}
# >> server
tmux send-keys -t ${SESSION_NAME}:2 'bundle exec rails server' C-m
# >> sidekiq
tmux split-window -v -t ${SESSION_NAME}:2 -c ${ROOT_DIR}
tmux send-keys -t ${SESSION_NAME}:2.1 'bundle exec sidekiq' C-m
# >> agents
tmux split-window -v -t ${SESSION_NAME}:2 -c "${ROOT_DIR}/.."
tmux send-keys -t ${SESSION_NAME}:2.2 'foreman start' C-m
# >> guard
tmux split-window -v -t ${SESSION_NAME}:2 -c "${ROOT_DIR}" -l 1
tmux send-keys -t ${SESSION_NAME}:2.3 'guard --debug --no-interactions' C-m
# - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
# start out on the first window when we attach
tmux select-window -t ${SESSION_NAME}:0
fi
tmux attach-session -t ${SESSION_NAME}

I am currently working on Zammu which makes Automatic Deployment of static websites to Github Pages very easy. I would love to get your feedback on it, Use the invitation code KHAJA