In Linux I tend to create my own scripts to try to automate the most stuff possible. In order to do so I used to create a new file in /usr/local/bin, make it executable and then start writing script into that file :

touch /usr/local/bin/my-script
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/my-script
vim /usr/local/bin/my-script

when vim opens I tend to start my scripts with something like this :

echo hello

I mainly set the interpreter to /bin/bash so I would have to add the whole shebang stuff each time on the first line.

Automate the automation

To avoid these steps I created a new script that I called localScript:


if [[ -z $1 ]]; then
    echo "You need to set the name of the script you want to edit/create"
    exit 0


if [[ ! -f $PATH ]]; then
    if [[ ! -z $2 ]]; then
    echo "#!/usr/bin/env $INTERPRETER" > $PATH
    /bin/chmod +x $PATH

/usr/bin/vim $PATH

First off I want to make sure the user enters an argument when calling this command. If he does not he will receive a message and the script will stop.

Then I set 2 variables, PATH and INTERPRETER

The first one is to define the path in which to create my script file and is based on the first argument when the command is called. The second one is the interpreter I will define in the shebang of my script.

If the file does not exist I want to create a new file and insert the first line with the correct interpreter on the first line and then make it executable.

I will then edit the file with Vim.

The result :

➜  ~ localScript bash-script
// Vim opens the script, when I close wim without adding anything :
➜  ~ cat /usr/local/bin/bash-script 
➜  ~ localScript python-script python3
➜  ~ cat /usr/local/bin/python-script
#!/usr/bin/env python3

This will make creating and editing custom commands a little faster and a little easier :)