4. Calling external python functions

Command line is great, but sometimes is useful to write python code to do some tasks. Termite provides a command line utility, called tcli, to help you with that.

First, write a python file with your utilities, call this file termite_cli.py, and put this file in the same directory where your termite.yaml resides.

A simple termite_cli.py file:

def hello(args):
    print ('Hello, your arguments are: ', args)

Now, from the command line, run this:

tcli hello -x 5

Termite is going to call the function hello in the file termite_cli.py. All the arguments after the function name, are saved in a python list and passed to the function. In our case the value of args is [‘-x’, ‘5’]

Call the hello function from a Termite file with this task:

- shell:
    command: tcli hello the arguments

Lets write a more complicated termite_cli.py file:

import os
from docopt import docopt
from jinja2 import Environment, FileSystemLoader

def render(args):
    usage = '''Usage: render (--input IN) (--output OUT) [<vars>...]'''

    arguments = docopt(usage, argv=args)
    variables = dict([var.split('=') for var in arguments['<vars>']])

    env = Environment(loader=FileSystemLoader(os.getcwd()))
    template = env.get_template(arguments['IN'])
    with open(arguments['OUT'], 'w') as out:

And the associated Termite task:

- shell:
    command: tcli render --input app/index.html --output build/index.html dev=true

In this example we are rendering a HTML template using Jinja. To parse the command line arguments we are using docopt.