Using the jarjar command line tool

The CLT provides basic posting functionality like in the python API but it also provides a useful task execution facility.

Posting to your team

The jarjar CLT offers all the functionality of the python API, except for posting attachments (sorry). Posting messages is super easy though!

You can use your defaults from .jarjar

jarjar --message 'Meesa jarjar binks!'

Or not.

jarjar -m 'Hi, everyone!!' --webhook '<your-url>' --channel '#general'

Running processes with jarjar

We use jarjar to run a lot of longer processes when we don’t want to keep our terminal sessions around. You can use jarjar for this sort of thing.

jarjar sleep 3600

Generally speaking it is safer to wrap your program in quotes so that its clear which arguments are meant for jarjar and which are meant for your task.

jarjar 'python3 --niters 100 --out results.csv'

Now you can head out for some lunch. Here’s what’s going on under the hood:

  1. Start up a screen. The screen can have a custom name (using the -S or --screen_name flags) but if you don’t provide one it’ll be named using the program you provide. Above, the screen was named sleep_3600.
  2. Run your process in that screen. If you want you can attach to the screen (using the -a, -r, or --attach flags) and see the magic happen.
  3. Send a message when the process is complete. If you specified a message (using the -m or --message flags) jarjar will send it. Jarjar will then kill your screen if:
    • You don’t tell it to keep the screen (using the --no-exit flag).
    • You didn’t attach to it (using the -a, -r, or --attach flags).
    • The program you ran exited with status 0.


# send a custom message
jarjar python --message 'Simulations Complete!'

# name your screen
jarjar sleep 1 --screen-name 'snooze'

# watch the magic happen
jarjar <program> --attach

# keep the screen around for debugging
jarjar <program> --no-exit

# show jarjar version
jarjar --version

# get help
jarjar --help

Argument Reference

  • -h, --help. Show help message.
  • -v, --version. Show jarjar version.
  • -m, --message. Specify message to send. This best done in single-quotes (jarjar -m 'hi') but jarjar rolls with the punches (like jarjar -m hi).
  • -w, --webhook. Specify webhook to post to.
  • -c, --channel. Specify channel to post to. Unlike in the python module, only one channel can be supplied at a time. Since # is interpreted as a shell comment, you’ll want to put this in single quotes (jarjar -c '#general').
  • -a, -r, --attach. Attach to the screen once the program has started running.
  • -S, --screen_name. Specify the name of the screen created for the program.
  • --no-exit. Don’t exit the screen even if the program exited successfully.
  • --force-exit. Exit the screen regardless of your task’s exit status.
  • --no-jarjar. Run a program but don’t send a slack message about it. In this case jarjar is just acting as a screen generator.