All the ways to shell out in babashka

Babashka is a fast starting native scripting tool for Clojure. Like in bash, it's common to call other programs, also known as "shelling out".

This is where got its name from and this namespace is also available in babashka. Invoking its sh function is probably the most well known way of shelling out in Clojure:

(require '[ :refer [sh]])
(def res (sh "ls" "-la"))

The behavior of sh is that it will block and return stdout and stderr as strings and the exit code a number:

(keys res) ;;=> (:exit :out :err)
(:exit res) ;;=> 0

(require '[clojure.string :as str])
(last (str/split-lines (:out res)))
;; => "drwxr-xr-x     7 borkdude  staff          224 Nov  4 11:02 zsh-config"


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Published: 2021-11-04

Tagged: clojure