I search for a tool that is / can:

  • gratis
  • free from dependencies (no scripting language interpreter needed, ...)
  • preferably a single binary
  • run on Linux, optionally Windows
  • traverse a (sub)directory structure, processing all files with a certain extension
  • replace all placeholders with their value that it retrieves from a structured file (one of json, xml, key=value or CSV)
  • write output to a file with identical filename, but extension removed
  • preferably open source and actively maintained

The utility could be run like this:

pt /var/opt/configfiles .template values.properties

One template could be named /var/opt/configfiles/fooapp/basic.conf.template with this content:

Say hello to ${Name}

Value.properties could be structured like this:


After the tool finished I would have a basic.conf.

I know this can be done using sed or awk. I could also write this myself in golang but both approaches are not what I'm looking for.

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    I don't know if a ready-to-use-tool exists with your very specific needs ... But can you explain, why these approaches (some lines of scripting) are not what you're looking for ?
    – pLumo
    Aug 2, 2018 at 5:47
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    @RoVo two main reasons: personal preferences and the optional requirement of cross platform support. In case you can offer a script: depending on its implementation this could become an acceptable solution
    – Marged
    Aug 2, 2018 at 5:52
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    Python would be cross-platform. Windows 10 can run bash script too when installed... This can be a two-liner bash script.
    – pLumo
    Aug 2, 2018 at 5:53
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    @RoVo the company I work at has no python installed on Linux and I don't want to install a number of dependencies. On Windows it is unthinkable to install Python or a bash equivalent. We once had cygwin but it had to be removed and yet we have only Windows 7
    – Marged
    Aug 2, 2018 at 5:55

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This utility seems to offer much of what I am looking for: https://github.com/gomatic/renderizer

It can not do this on its own:

  • traverse directories
  • create output files with a name that excludes the template extension

Its value list file can only be yaml, but this is no real problem

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    It is acceptable, and helpful, to accept your own answer. Doing so will help others in future.
    – Mawg
    Oct 3, 2018 at 9:45

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