One of the major benefits of unix is the quantity of many simple programs that one thing great. As a developer for unix, you must learn how to leverage these commands into your own scripts. Here is how to do this in Ruby.
Say you script wants to call on the unix command to view the amount of freespace on your disks.
df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on /dev/disk0s3 37G 23G 14G 62% / devfs 110K 110K 0B 100% /dev fdesc 1.0K 1.0K 0B 100% /dev
To add this to Ruby all you need to do is to add a line of code (note the back-ticks):
disk_free = `df -h`
That takes the output from the command and puts it into a String. So an example script that will show the “df -h” output could be
#!/usr/bin/env ruby def disk_free diskfree = `df -h` puts diskfree end disk_free
How simple is that!
Now even though it would be easier to just use the real “df” command for this, you could easily write a Ruby script to call on other scripts and use all of Ruby’s powers to modify the output. That is how I made the Server Status Sidebar, calling “uptime” and regex to get the correct string I wanted.
(Found this tip by using Safari)