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A command line program to dispatch intelligently on what to do for a given file and line number.


$> run_me <config> <file> <line#>

  • config - a JSON configuration file that tells run_me what to do for a given file name and line number
  • file - the file name for which to look for commands in the JSON config
  • line# - the line number of the file to send to commands in the JSON config


run_me can be used to dispatch a shell command based on the file name (and line number) passed in. For example, if you are building a web app with a front end in Javascript and a back end in Ruby, you can configure run_me so that if you pass in a Ruby file it will run rspec, but if you pass in a Javascript file it will run mocha (or your preferred testing framework). Similarly, if your command to execute unit tests is different than your command to execute system tests (e.g. cucumber), you can use run_me to abstract around the different commands merely based on which file you want to test. A major goal for run_me is to be able to bind one command into your editor and have the tooling just know what to do.

Getting Started

Create Config File

run_me's behavior is driven by a JSON config file, which is the first argument passed to it. This is where you'll need to set up your intended behavior.

The JSON config file specifies an array of runners which are checked in turn. Each runner has a regex and a cmd. The regex will be checked against the file name passed in as the second argument. If regex matches, then cmd will be evaluated and run.


  "runners": [
      "regex": "spec\\.ts$", // file.match(/spec\.ts$/)
      "cmd": "yarn test ${file}"
      "regex": "features", // file.match(/features/)
      "cmd": "bundle exec cucumber ${fileLine(':')}"

Available Functions

The following variables and functions are accessible to cmd:

  • file - the 2nd argument to run_me
  • line - the 3rd argument to run_me
  • match - the RegExp match object
  • fileLine(join: string) : string - a function which will join file and line with a given string, e.g. ':'

In the above example, any file passed in matching "*spec.ts" will cause run_me to execute yarn test filename.


Technically, the JSON config file should match the type of RunMeConfig as seen below:

export class RunMeMatch {
  regex: string
  cmd: string
export class RunMeConfig {
  runners: RunMeMatch[]

Using run_me

With your JSON config in place, you can invoke run_me, typically from your project root.


  • run_me tests.json spec/services/service_unit_spec.rb:23
  • run_me build.json src/components/widget.tsx
  • run_me tests.json features/cuke.feature:42

Additionally, you can bind run_me into shortcut commands in your favorite editor. I developed run_me specifically with VS Code in mind, but it should work with any editor that supports integration with command line tasks.

Logging the command

If env var LOG_RUN_ME_COMMAND is truthy, run_me will send the command to the console before running it.




npm i run_me

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