It’s a bit ironic that as a UX developer I spend most of my time in the terminal. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for new tools that improve my command line user experience.

My latest find is Teamocil a nice Ruby gem from Rémi Prévost that manages your tmux layouts. For those new to tmux:

tmux is a terminal multiplexer: it enables a number of terminals (or windows), each running a separate program, to be created, accessed, and controlled from a single screen. tmux may be detached from a screen and continue running in the background, then later reattached.

Here’s a quick look at a simple Teamocil and tmux layout in action:

Screencap

To set up your own tmux session, you’ll need to install it via your favorite package manager. On the Mac, I use Homebrew.

brew install tmux

Next, you’ll need the Teamocil gem:

gem install teamocil

Now we need to set up our layout:

mkdir ~/.teamocil
touch ~/.teamocil/styles.yml

Here’s my quick 50-50 split example from the screenshot:

thechangelog » cat ~/.teamocil/styles.yml                          ~/Blogs/thechangelog  
windows:
  - name: prototype
    splits:
      - cmd: cd ~/hp/code/styles
      - cmd:
        - cd ~/hp/code/styles
        - serve
        width: 50%

Now we just run tmux and teamocil:

$ tmux
$ teamocil styles

Be sure and check the Readme for more info or how to create vertically split layouts, too.

[Source on GitHub]


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