I've released a little one-module utility, Scriptlike, to help simplify writing shell script-like programs in D:


Here's post outlining my motivations for this library (sorry, the CMS I'm using ATM generates very long URLs):


Current Features:

- A thin wrapper over std.path and std.file that provides a dedicated Path type specifically designed for managing file paths in a simple, reliable, cross-platform way. No more dealing with slashes, paths-with-spaces, calling buildPath, normalizing, or getting paths mixed up with ordinary strings.

- Optionally enable automatic command echoing (including shell commands, changing/creating directories and deleting/copying/moving/linking/renaming both directories and files) by setting one simple flag: bool scriptlikeTraceCommands

- Most typical Phobos modules automatically imported. Who needs rows and rows of standard lib imports for a mere script?

- Less-pedantic filesystem operations for when you don't care whether it exists or not: existsAsFile, existsAsDir, existsAsSymlink, tryRename, trySymlink, tryCopy, tryMkdir, tryMkdirRecurse, tryRmdir, tryRmdirRecurse, tryRemove: All check whether the source path exists and return WITHOUT throwing if there's nothing to do.

- One simple call, runShell, to run a shell command script-style (ie, synchronously with forwarded stdout/in/err) from any working directory. (Also automatically works around DMD #10863 without waiting for v2.066 - BTW, thanks all involved who fixed that.)

- One simple function, fail(string msg), to help you exit with an error message in an exception-safe way. (Does require some minor boilerplate added to your main().)

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