Command Line YAML Parer & Auto-exporter
Very often I need to run an app locally to debug. How to quickly read the environment variables in the production server and export them locally? We can just parse the server's config file. I'll use GAE (Google App Engine) as an example here. Its config file is in YAML format, which is a very common human-readable data serialization language used in many places. So the tool introduced here is applicable in many situations.
A typical YAML config file for App engine is like the following:
App engine will use the variables under
env_variables as its environment variables. We need to parse this file and export them locally one by one.
Get the source code here first. To use it, you need to have bash 4 and Python YAML module.
Install bash 4 on OS X
You can see your bash version by running
bash --version. If it's not version 4, you need to install one.
Now close your current terminal and start a new one. Run
bash --version, you should see version 4.X.X
The shell script relies on a python program to parse the yaml file. You need this module to run the python parser (
Then you're ready to go. Remember to execute it with
. set_envs.sh /path/to/yamlfile or
source set_envs.sh /path/to/yamlfile
If you run it directly, the environment variables won't be exported to your current working shell, rather, they'll be exported to a sub-shell and be gone.
Fairly simple. Consume the Python-parsed YAML in the bash, store the key-value pairs in an associative array. Iterate through it and export. Note that associative arrays are only available in bash 4, and that's why we need to upgrade our bash.