Does anyone know of an existing customisable frontend to command-line apps/scripts whose most basic function would work something like this

  • executes commands like ps -aefH
  • based on configurable regexes patterns like PIDs are recognised and turned into links
  • when a link beneath a PID is clicked a menu appears presenting other commands to run that would receive the PID as an argument (e.g. show memory stats, dump core, send signal)


  • That would "prepare" the next command line, right? Very cool idea, I would certainly use it :-)
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 4:14
  • Ah, important: For what operating system and shell? bash on Linux?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 4:15
  • You tagged "web-apps"... Does it mean you are currently typing commands via some kind of web interface?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 4:16
  • Yes, I suppose there could be an option to prepare the next command-line rather than just execute it. I'm using a linux terminal, but the reason for a web-app is that I don't think terminals allow you to easily "enrich" a command's output with links (and potentially also documentation bubbles, etc..). With a browser extension like Tridactyl it could still be keyboard-based. If there's no existing projects & I start developing one unsure of what platform to use, but it should be able to run programs written in any language. OS portability shouldn't be too hard either.
    – eug
    Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 5:49
  • Edit this into your question please. Comments can disappear.
    – user416
    Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 7:32

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Eclipse allows plugins to register pattern matchers on the console, that can then be used to decorate the console with hyperlinks. If an Eclipse-based frontend is OK for you, then these are resources that can get you started:

I did something similar before to decorate Stacktraces in the console output of Java programs.

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