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✨〰️ ZI 〰️✨ Doxygen For Shell Scripts

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If there was a tool that parses scripts and extracts comments so it can be documented, collaborated, or used as a manual? If all can be automated so you can concentrate on the code while docs are made on the go? We got your back...

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Doxygen For Shell Scripts

Example of our Z Shell code -

Parses Zsh and Bash scripts, outputs Asciidoc document with:

✴️ list of functions, including auto-loading functions,
✴️ call trees of functions and script body,
✴️ comments for functions,
✴️ features used for each function and for script body (features like: eval, read, vared, shopt, etc.),
✴️ distinct marks for hooks registered with add-zsh-hook (Zsh),
✴️ list of exported variables,
✴️ list of used exported variables, together with the variable's origin (i.e. possibly another script).

Call trees support cross-file invocations, i.e. when a script calls a function defined in another file.

Written in Zshell language.

📥 Installation

Default install path-prefix is /usr/local.

git clone
cd doc
sudo make install

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For custom PREFIX variable in make invocation:

# 'sudo' may be required to install

make install PREFIX=~/opt/local
install -c -d ~/opt/local/share/zsdoc
install -c -d ~/opt/local/share/doc/zsdoc

cp build/zsd build/zsd-transform build/zsd-detect build/zsd-to-adoc ~/opt/local/bin
cp NEWS LICENSE ~/opt/local/share/doc/zsdoc
cp zsd.config ~/opt/local/share/zsdoc

➜ cd ~/opt/local

➜ tree.
        ├── bin
        │ ├── zsd
        │ ├── zsd-detect
        │ ├── zsd-to-adoc
        │ └── zsd-transform
        └── share
           ├── doc
           │ └── zsdoc
           │ ├── LICENSE
           │ ├── NEWS
           │ └──
           └── zsdoc
               └── zsd.config

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Other available make variables are: INSTALL (to customize install command), BIN_DIR, SHARE_DIR, DOC_DIR.

📕 Usage

zsd [-h/--help] [-v/--verbose] [-q/--quiet] [-n/--noansi] [--cignore <pattern>] {file1} [file2] ...

The files will be processed and their documentation will be generated in subdirectory `zsdoc' (with meta-data in subdirectory `data').

-h/--help Usage information
-v/--verbose More verbose operation-status output
-q/--quiet No status messages
-n/--noansi No colors in terminal output
--cignore Specify which comment lines should be ignored
-f/--fpath Paths are separated by: pointing to directories with functions
--synopsis Text to be used in the SYNOPSIS section. Line break "... +\n", paragraph "...\n\n"
--scomm Strip comment char "#" from function comments
--bash Output is slightly tailored to Bash specifics (instead of Zsh specifics)

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Example --cignore options:

--cignore '\#*FUNCTION:*{{{*' - ignore comments like # FUNCTION: usage {{{
--cignore '(\#*FUNCTION:*{{{*|\#*FUN:*{{{*)' - also ignore comments like: # FUN: usage {{{

The file is parsed for synopsis block, which can be e.g.:
# synopsis {{{my synopsis, can be multi-line}}}

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Another block that is parsed is commenting on environment variables. It consists of multiple

"VAR_NAME -> var description" lines and results in a table in the output AsciiDoc document.


# env-vars {{{
# PATH -> paths to executables
# MANPATH -> paths to manuals }}}

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Change the default brace block-delimiters with --blocka, --blockb. Block body should be AsciiDoc.

✍️ Examples

example 1, example 2

(also in PDF :

example 1, example 2).

📋 Few Rules

Few rules helping to use zsdoc in your project:

  1. Write function comments before function. Empty lines between comment and function are allowed.

  2. If you use special comments, e.g. vim (or emacs-origami) folds , you can ignore these lines with --cignore (see Usage).

  3. If it's possible to avoid eval, then do that – zsdoc will analyze more code.

  4. Currently, functions defined in functions are ignored, but this will change shortly.

  5. I've greatly optimized the new Zsh version (5.4.2) for data processing – zsdoc parse long sources very fast starting from that Zsh version.

  6. If you have multiple Zsh versions installed, then (for example) set zsh_control_bin="/usr/local/bin/zsh-5.4.2" in /usr/local/share/zsdoc/zsd.config.

  7. Be aware that to convert a group of scripts, you simply need zsd file1.zsh file2.zsh ... – cross-file function invocations will work automatically, and multiple *.adoc files will be created.

  8. Create Makefile with doc target, that does rm -rf zsdoc/data; zsd -v file1.zsh .... Documentation will land in zsdoc directory.

  9. Directory zsdoc/data holds meta-data used to create asciidoc documents (*.adoc files). You can remove it or analyze it yourself.

  10. Obtain PDFs with Asciidoctor tool via: asciidoctor -b pdf -r asciidoctor-pdf file1.zsh.adoc. Install Asciidoctor with: gem install asciidoctor-pdf --pre. (Check out ZI's Makefile.)

  11. HTML: asciidoctor script.adoc.

  12. Obtain manual pages with Asciidoc package via: a2x -L --doctype manpage --format manpage file1.zsh.adoc (asciidoc is a common package; its a2x command is little slow).

  13. Github supports Asciidoc documents and renders them automatically.

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