Crate duct [] [src]

A cross-platform library for running child processes and building pipelines.

duct wants to make shelling out in Rust as easy and flexible as it is in Bash. It takes care of gotchas and inconsistencies in the way different platforms shell out. And it's a cross-language library; the original implementation is in Python, with an identical API.


  • Version 0.9 removed the sh function. It now lives in its own crate, duct_sh.


duct tries to be as concise as possible, so that you don't wish you were back writing shell scripts. At the same time, it's explicit about what happens to output, and strict about error codes in child processes.

extern crate duct;

use duct::cmd;

fn main() {
    // Read the name of the current git branch. If git exits with an error
    // code here (because we're not in a git repo, for example), `read` will
    // return an error too.
    let current_branch = cmd!("git", "symbolic-ref", "--short", "HEAD").read().unwrap();

    // Log the current branch, with git taking over the terminal as usual.
    // The `cmd` function works just like the `cmd!` macro, but it takes a
    // collection instead of a variable list of arguments.
    let args = &["log", &current_branch];
    cmd("git", args).run().unwrap();

    // More complicated expressions become trees. Here's a pipeline with two
    // child processes on the left, just because we can. In Bash this would
    // be: stdout=$((echo -n part one "" && echo part two) | sed s/p/sm/g)
    let part_one = &["-n", "part", "one", ""];
    let stdout = cmd("echo", part_one)
        .then(cmd!("echo", "part", "two"))
        .pipe(cmd!("sed", "s/p/sm/g"))
    assert_eq!("smart one smart two", stdout);

duct uses os_pipe internally, and the docs for that one include a big example that takes a dozen lines of code to read both stdout and stderr from a child process. duct can do that in one (moderately long) line:

let output = cmd!("sh", "-c", "echo foo && echo bar 2>&1").stderr_to_stdout().read().unwrap();

assert!(output.split_whitespace().eq(vec!["foo", "bar"]));



Unix specific extensions to duct. Unix-only extensions, for sending signals



Create a command with any number of of positional arguments, which may be different types (anything that implements Into<OsString>). See also the cmd function, which takes a collection of arguments.



The central objects in duct, Expressions are created with cmd or cmd!, combined with pipe or then, and finally executed with start, run, or read. They also support several methods to control their execution, like input, env, and unchecked.


A handle to a running expression, returned by the start method. Calling start followed by output on the handle is equivalent to run. Note that unlike std::process::Child, most of the methods on Handle take &self rather than &mut self, and a Handle may be shared between multiple threads.



An implementation detail of cmd, to distinguish paths from other string types.



Create a command given a program name and a collection of arguments. See also the cmd! macro, which doesn't require a collection.