Writing your own Space module


    - RUN: FUN


    echo "Hello, args are: $*"

Understanding and improving the first Module

With the Spacefiles ready, use the -d switch to dump the script to output instead of running it.

space -d
#!/bin/env sh
# Script exported by:
#   ____  ____   __    ___  ____  ___   __   __
#  / ___)(  _ \ / _\  / __)(  __)/ __) / _\ (  )
#  \___ \ ) __//    \( (__  ) _)( (_ \/    \/ (_/\
#  (____/(__)  \_/\_/ \___)(____)\___/\_/\_/\____/
#                                         space.sh
# Node: /

set -u  # Will not allow for unset variables being used.
    local _SPACE_NAME="FUN"
    echo "Hello, args are: $*"


# Space shows error message, if non clear exit.
_status="$?"; if [ "0" -eq 0 ] && [ "${_status}" -ne "0" ]; then
    [ "1" = "1" ] && printf "\033[31m"; printf "%s\n" "[ERROR] Script exited with status: ${_status}." >&2; [ "1" = "1" ] && printf "\033[0m"
    exit "$(( ${_status} > 0 ? ${_status} : 1 ))"

At first, looks like a lot of cruft for a simple example. However, it is possible to identify the FUN() has been exported. The added code is Space automatically handling exit status code.

First lesson is to always remember the space -d option is helpful not only for exporting a program but also for analyzing, studying and understanding code. Exported scripts are standalone and runnable even without Space!

Let’s provide some default arguments for our function in Spacefile.yaml:

    - RUN: FUN Greetings World!

Running it again:

Hello, args are: Greetings World!

Now, overriding the default arguments from the command line:

space -- Hello World!
Hello, args are: Greetings World! Hello World!

Oops, that doesn’t look right. The reason is that the arguments were not specified as available to be overridden.

In order to fix that, let’s state that the arguments from the second argument are overridable by adding a -- switch in front of it:

    - RUN: FUN Greetings -- World!

Running it one more time:

Hello, args are: Greetings World!

space -- Universe!
Hello, args are: Greetings Universe!

Understanding dynamic configuration

Now we will introduce a slightly more advanced notion: dynamic configuration.

Space headers are always evaluated when the function body is read. With this concept we could have the Space header change the values of special Space variables. Consider the example in this modified Spacefile.sh:

    SPACE_ARGS="Hi $2"
    echo "Hello, args are: $*"

When running this modified Module it is possible to see that data was changed during the build step:

Hello, args are: Hi World!

The header of the function is considered to be all the top lines that start with defining a so called Space header variable, as such:

    SPACE_ARGS="arg1 arg2"
    # Comments are ok, they won't break the header.
    # The line below breaks the header and is considered the function body.
    echo "Args are $*"
    echo "User is $USER"

More on build time functions

The most powerful way to dynamically change the build configuration in build time is to use the Space header SPACE_FN.
This is a variable that points to another module function by name. What this does is that Space will first evaluate the space headers letting the build time function manipulate them if necessary, then it will be forwarded to extract that other function (pointed to by SPACE_FN) as the function to export. Not only that, it also means that the function body of the function declaring SPACE_FN will be evaluated on the spot in a restricted subshell giving it advanced possibilities to modify variables and then YIELD them out again to affect the build.

In the following case, function FUN() will turn into a “build time” function because it has SPACE_FN in its header. As with all functions, the Space header of the “build time” function is first evaluated and those variables are set. After that, the function body of the “build time” function is evaluated giving the function a chance to modify and change the Space header and other relevant variables.
A build time function body must always call YIELD varname to export the value of a variable, which must already have been declared in the outside environment. This is due to the fact that the code runs - for security reasons - in a restricted subshell and cannot directly interact with the environment.

If the build time function besides SPACE_FN also declares SPACE_BUILDENV or SPACE_BUILDDEP, then these will stand for the build time function, just like SPACE_ENV and SPACE_DEP are for the exported function. That goes for SPACE_BUILDARGS as well, which are the arguments for the build time function.

After the body of FUN() have been evaluated, Space will be pointed to FUN2() where it will perform the normal evaluation of SPACE Headers, exporting the function body afterwards.


    # Above is the header, below is the body.

    PRINT "Build time args are: $*"
    # Here we alter the function arguments for the coming function: FUN2.
    SPACE_ARGS="$* Adding some more args for $USER"


    echo "Final arguments: $*"

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