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Old 06-02-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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A slack-desc file generator program.

Hi everyone this thread is not meant to be as a question. I would like to introduce you a program made by me. It is a slack-desc generator. In which you enter the parameters for the file, like: the name of the program, nome of the homepage, a short description and a long description. Hope you like the program if you have comments please let me know.

Thanks to the advice of dugan, i've uploaded my program to github. If you want the source you can download it at

Sorry because not everybody has a github account ill post the link for the program (via megaupload), here it is:

Newest release of this program

Last edited by Gerwar; 06-24-2011 at 10:24 PM. Reason: Stable release
Old 06-02-2011, 05:02 PM   #2
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If you plan on open sourcing and maintaining it, then you should put it on GitHub.
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I agree with dugan.
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Really interesting. Thanks!

You should add some basic usage output for those that just run the program and hit enter, or ./gensd -h --help ... Right now you only get
Error: you have enter a wrong number of parameters at the command line.
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This is the python script I use to generate mine
#!/usr/bin/env python
# Usage: program_name > slack-desc

import sys

def main(arg):
	print """\
# The "handy ruler" below makes it easier to edit a package description.  Line
# up the first '|' above the ':' following the base package name, and the '|'
# on the right side marks the last column you can put a character in.  You must
# make exactly 11 lines for the formatting to be correct.  It's also
# customary to leave one space after the ':' except on otherwise blank lines.

%s""" % ( " " * len(arg), (arg + ":\n") * 10 + arg + ":" )

if __name__ == "__main__" and len(sys.argv) == 2:
	print "Usage: %s program_name > slack-desc" % ( sys.argv[0] )
Nothing fancy. Doesn't fill in the description or homepage, just creates a template you can edit.
Old 06-02-2011, 11:05 PM   #6
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Thank you very much for your rapid responses, and your suggestions. The github things sounds good, i didnt know about that. And i agree, i think i must have some other basic output functions like you said, the -h or --help.


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