Access remote actors, publish services, subscribe to messages and state updates etc., via the Syndicate network protocol from bash (and perhaps other shells).
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This is an implementation of the Syndicate network protocol (based on Preserves) for Bash.

Q. Is this a joke, or is this serious?
A. Yes.


First, it depends on Bash-specific shell features.

Second, you'll need a Syndicate network server ("broker"). The best option at present is the Rust-language server. Unfortunately it relies on a few nightly-only features of Rust, so I use rustup to get a nightly toolchain, and then use that:

# compiling syndicate-server from source needs these things:
apt install libssl-dev pkg-config curl build-essential

# this is the command-line given by
curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh
# follow the instructions
# then log out and in again

# now you can get the nightly toolchain:
rustup toolchain install nightly

# and finally the server:
cargo +nightly install syndicate-server

Third, you'll need the preserves-tool program, which uses to slice and dice network packets. It's also written in Rust (but doesn't require nightly), so you can get it with:

cargo install preserves-tools

Running the demo

Start the server in one terminal, in the same directory as this file:

syndicate-server -s ./sock

Then, in one or more other terminals, run from the same directory: