July 02, 2014
When I am wearing my operations hat at work I need ready access to a number of servers, 15 or so. I use tmux to create a “console” session that is broken into 5 separate windows, each further divided into panes (one per server). The windows are rough categories: production, alpha, web, ESB, etc. I also normally have a “tools” session in a separate Terminal instance that contains 4 more windows, each to utility servers that I use periodically throughout the day.
Rather than try to create these tmux sessions by hand I’ve been using a tool called
teamocil to capture the session::window::pane configuration in YAML files. With a
console.yml file I can setup the entire console session with a single command.
Here’s how I set things up.
First you need to install the
$ gem install teamocil
Next you’ll need a space to keep the YAML files that describe your tmux sessions. teamocil expects this to be called
$ mkdir ~/.teamocil
teamocil comes with a command that will use your $EDITOR to create new session configuration files.
$ teamocil —edit console
The teamocil web site has good documentation on the options and attributes required to setup a configuration. Here is a sanitized version of my console.yml file.
name attribute is the name that will appear in my tmux status bar.
root sets the directory in which each pane will be created. The
synchronize-panes option is particularly nice as it allows me to type commands in one pane and have them run in all panes. The
layout attribute determines whether the panes are vertically stacked, horizontally arranges or tiled.
Since I have my terminal set to create or reattach to my base tmux session creating my console session is one command away.
$ teamocil console
In seconds I have 5 windows (the original, prod, alpha, web, and ESB), each subdivided in to as many panes as there are servers. Quick, simple, repeatable.