Rust is not only a really interesting and productive language, it also has a great toolchain with Cargo and rustup. I’ve been doing some personal wok in Rust for a little while, and as others warned me it took a while to get used to having such a picky compiler (like programming in Ada again!) but once you understand a little more about what’s going on it’s pretty easy to make that thin happy.

So, having started a fun little project or two (see I started getting a little frustrated with the Cargo publish step. The tool is great, but orchestrating the steps to ensure the publish step is clean wasn’t becoming the habit it needed to be. I had to remember:

  1. Make sure the build is really clean before you start.
  2. Make sure the version number is correct and consistent between Cargo.toml,, and any other files that may embed it.
  3. Publish.
  4. IF publish was successful, then tag the Git repo with the same version number from step 2.

So, I wrote a wrapper, it isn’t exactly rocket surgery, but it saves me the headache of realizing I tagged Git first but the publish failed and I need to do another commit and reset the tags. Or, publishing, feeling good and realizing I didn’t update the history in the readme file.


I simply named it cargopub, but here it is.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

if [[ "$1" == "" ]] ; then
    echo "Error: a version message is required as first parameter" >&2
    exit 1

pushd $(git rev-parse --show-toplevel)

if ! cargo clean && cargo fmt -- --check && cargo test && cargo doc --no-deps ; then
    echo "Error: failed cargo pre-requisite steps" >&2
    exit 2

if [[ -e Cargo.toml ]] ; then
    VER=$(grep "^version = " Cargo.toml | egrep -o "[0-9\.]+(\-[a-zA-Z0-9\-_]+)?")
    echo "Info: about to publish version $VER"

    if [[ -e ]] ; then
        if ! grep -q "\*\*$VER\*\*"; then
            echo "Error: version not listed in" >&2
            exit 3

    if cargo publish; then
        git tag -a "v$VER" -m "$1"
        git push --tags --no-verify
        echo "Error: cargo publish command failed" >&2
        exit 4
    echo "Error: no cargo file; are you in the right place?" >&2
    exit 5