The just Command Runner is an Neat Tool

Posted on October 17, 2022 by Richard Goulter

I came across the tool just.

It’s a tool for running commands/scripts.

My initial impression was “that’s it?”.

I might describe it slightly differently, compared to other common workflows:

Overall, I find that quite persuasive: it’s more polished/tailored than make for a particular use case; and that use case is something which developers definitely make use of.

There is the downside that just isn’t a standard tool that you can hope to find on most systems (in contrast to e.g. python, bash, or maybe awk or make).
But, installing packages isn’t all that hard. (And just is available in many places).
And I use nix, so it’s especially easy to ensure it’s available when I want it.

I think this is a good example of “sometimes better isn’t MUCH better; it’s merely slightly better”.

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