Get a Bash Scripts Absolute Path
How to find a bash script absolute path without the use of realpath.
While migrating an application from one CD process to another, I have been updating my deployment scripts for the application. Part of that has been updating the workflows and Dockerfiles, but also the actual scripts I use to start the docker containers themselves.
I wanted to make the new scripts are generic and reusable as possible so that they were not dependent on a path structure for linking to relatively linked files and paths. eg: A Docker volume mapping does not like relative paths, and because the script can be called from anywhere on the server, the
pwd command is not a good solution. The
realpath command is also not consistently available across all platforms.
I eventually came across this stackoverflow post, which gave me the solution I was looking for
#!/bin/bash # /opt/deployment/restart.sh SWD="$( cd -- "$(dirname "$0")" >/dev/null 2>&1 ; pwd -P )" docker run -d \ -p $THISPORTNO:$GUESTPORT \ --env HOST_NAME=$CONTAINER \ --restart always \ --volume $SWD/data:/www/data \ --log-opt max-size=1m \ --log-opt max-file=3 \ --name $CONTAINER \ $IMAGENAME:$TAG || exit 1
SWD variable is the absolute path to the file running containing the script.