If you deal with commands that can take several seconds but always return the same result and you need to transform the result with pipe chain (jq / grep / awk), it can be annoying to wait for those seconds while you incrementally build the command, when you know the result has not changed.
cache.js can help you by caching the result of the command to /tmp and returning the result
wget https://gist.githubusercontent.com/ptbrowne/f697899b2212757f4b857d794e48ea30/raw/9b6e96506e2c3b0c64bceea70302f5597c452272/cache.js -O ~/bin/cache chmod +x ~/bin/cache
~/bin/ because this directory is already in my
PATH but you can use any directory that
is in your
cache "decorates" the command you give it.
- ./long-command input-file.json --my-arg + cache ./long-command input-file.json --my-arg
How does it work
cache makes an array out of all the arguments (name + index), JSON stringifies it, hashes it to make a
<key>, and looks for /tmp/
<key>. If the file exists, it outputs its content (max length 10Mo).
Additionally, an extra step is taken to handle file arguments. For each argument, we check a file with the same
name exists and if it exists, the modification time is added to information of the argument. If the file changes,
<key> changes and the result of the command is recomputed.