Creating a file from Raycast

I was procrastinating today, so I made a bash script. I had been using Espanso to make creating my develogs a bit easier with some text replacement. But then I thought, sure would be nice to just type dev into Raycast and have it create the file, insert the template, and open it in iA Writer for me. So Googled my way through to a bash script:

today=$(date +%Y-%m-%d)
publish=$(date -v +1H +"%Y-%m-%d %H:00")
titleDate=$(date +"%B %-d, %Y")
Date: $publish

# Devlog: $titleDate


printf -- "$template" >> "$path"

open -a "iA Writer" "$path"

Never worked with dates in bash before, so learned a couple things:

  1. Add - to remove leading 0’s: %-d.
  2. Use -v to change the date: date -v +1H to add an hour. I do this so develogs are published a little bit in the future.

And then with printf, needed to use -- to tell it to ignore the hyphens in my text, which I need to indicate frontmatter in the markdown.

A fun little script. Might make one to create a new blog post, instead of a devlog. But I don’t make posts very often. So we’ll see. This was a nice little distraction, and something that has been rattling around my brain for a few weeks. Nice to get it out.

raycast bash

March 3, 2023