[ale] Bash Scripts: When to break them into files

Leam Hall leamhall at gmail.com
Tue Apr 27 05:58:11 EDT 2021

On 4/26/21 10:11 PM, David Jackson via Ale wrote:
> Hey Everyone,
> When do you guys feel that your bash scripts have gotten too long?  
> do they need to be broken out into individual files, and when does doing 
> so make them less easy to maintain or follow?
> Also, how do you organize your scripts so they are easy for newcomers to 
> understand?
> Your thoughts are appreciated!

Because of the growing number of shell options, and because I like 
Python/Perl/Ruby, I will usually only write shell/bash when it is a 
small system function (backups, etc) and I don't want the overhead of 
something bigger. Also, for things like installing packages and 
compiling a new language when my preferred language might not be on the 

I prefer not to break shell scripts into multiple files; if that is 
needed to organize it, then that's time to use something else. I saw one 
place that had a 50,000 line shell script/awk because they didn't want 
to use anything else.

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