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There are a lot of different tools that you need to run as you work - possibly before you commit, or before you make a pull request, or after you make changes to a class.. style checkers, tests, complexity metrics, static analyzers, etc. QuietQuality can make that simpler and faster!

Or you may have a huge existing project, that's not fully in compliance with your style guides, but you want to avoid introducing new issues, without having to first resolve all of the existing ones. QuietQuality can help with that too.

Tool Support

So far, we have support for the following tools:

Supporting more tools is relatively straightforward - they're implemented by wrapping cli invocations and parsing output files (which overall seem to be much more stable interfaces than the code interfaces to the various tools), and each tool's support is built orthogonally to the others, in a QuietQuality::Tools::[Something] namespace, with a Runner and a Parser.

Local Usage Examples

Working locally, you'll generally want to commit a .quiet_quality.yml configuration file into the root of your repository - it'll specify which tools to run by default, and how to run them (whether you want to only run each tool against the changed files, whether to filter the resulting messages down to only those targeting lines that have been changed), and allows you to specify the comparison branch, so you don't have to make a request to your origin server every time you run the tool to see whether you're comparing against master or main in this project.

If you have a configuration set up like that, you might have details specified for rubocop, rspec, standardrb, and brakeman, but have only rubocop, standardrb, and rspec set to run by default. That configuration file would look like this (you can copy it from here):

default_tools: ["standardrb", "rubocop", "rspec"]
executor: concurrent
comparison_branch: main
changed_files: true
filter_messages: true
  changed_files: false
  filter_messages: true

Then if you invoke qq, you'll see output like this:

❯ qq
--- Passed: standardrb
--- Passed: rubocop
--- Passed: rspec

But if you want to run brakeman, you could call qq brakeman:

❯ qq brakeman
--- Failed: brakeman

2 messages:
  app/controllers/articles_controller.rb:3  [SQL Injection]  Possible SQL injection
  app/controllers/articles_controller.rb:11  [Remote Code Execution]  `YAML.load` called with parameter value

CI Usage Examples

Currently, QuietQuality is most useful from GitHub Actions - in that context, it's possible to generate nice annotations for the analyzed commit (using Workflow Actions). But it can be used from other CI systems as well, you just won't get nice annotations out of it (yet).

For CI systems, you can either configure your execution entirely through command-line arguments, or you can create additional configuration files and specify them on the command-line.

Here is an invocation that executes rubocop and standardrb, expecting the full repository to pass the latter, but not the former:

qq rubocop standardrb \
  --all-files --changed-files rubocop \
  --unfiltered --filter-messages rubocop \
  --comparison-branch main \
  --no-config \
  --executor serial \

Note the use of --no-config, to cause it to not automatically load the .quiet_quality.yml config included in the repository.

Alternatively, we could have put all of that configuration into a config file like this:

# config/quiet_quality/linters_workflow.yml
default_tools: ["standardrb", "rubocop"]
executor: serial
comparison_branch: main
changed_files: false
filter_messages: false

  changed_files: true
  filter_messages: true

And then run qq -C config/quiet_quality/linters_workflow.yml

Available Options

The configuration file supports the following global options (top-level keys):

  • default_tools: Which tools should be run when you qq without specifying? Valid values are: rubocop, rspec, standardrb, haml_lint, brakeman, and markdown_lint.
  • executor: 'serial' or 'concurrent' (the latter is the default)
  • annotator: none set by default, and github_stdout is the only supported value so far.
  • comparison_branch: by default, this will be fetched from git, but that does require a remote request. You should set this, it saves about half a second. This is normally 'main' or 'master', but it could be 'trunk', or 'develop' - it is the branch that PR diffs are against.
  • changed_files: defaults to false - should tools be run against only the files that have changed, or against the entire repository? This is the global setting, but it is also settable per tool.
  • filter_messages: defaults to false - should the resulting messages that do not refer to lines that were changed or added relative to the comparison branch be skipped? Also possible to set for each tool.
  • logging: defaults to full messages printed. The light option prints a aggregated result (e.g. "3 tools executed: 1 passed, 2 failed (rubocop, standardrb)"). The quiet option will only return a status code, printing nothing.
  • colorize: by default, bin/qq will include color codes in its output, to make failing tools easier to spot, and messages easier to read. But you can supply colorize: false to tell it not to do that if you don't want them.
  • message_format: you can specify a format string with which to render the messages, which interpolates values with various formatting flags. Details given in the "Message Formatting" section below.

And then each tool can have an entry, within which changed_files and filter_messages can be specified - the tool-specific settings override the global ones.

The tools have two additional settings that are not available at a global level: file_filter and excludes. file_filter is a string that will be turned into a ruby regex, and used to limit what file paths are passed to the tool. For example, if you are working in a rails engine engines/foo/, and you touch one of the rspec tests there, you would not want qq in the root of the repository to run rspec engines/foo/spec/foo/thing_spec.rb - that probably won't work, as your engine will have its own test setup code and Gemfile. This setting is mostly intended to be used like this:

  changed_files: true
  filter_messages: false
  file_filter: "^spec/"

excludes are more specific in meaning - this is an array of regexes, and any file that matches any of these regexes will not be passed to the tool as an explicit command line argument. This is generally because tools like rubocop have internal systems for excluding files, but if you pass a filename on the cli, those systems are ignored. That means that if you have changes to a generated file like db/schema.rb, and that file doesn't meet your rubocop (or standardrb) rules, you'll get told unless you exclude it at the quiet-quality level as well.

Message Formatting

You can supply a message-format string on the cli or in your config file, which will override the default formatting for message output on the CLI. These format strings are intended to be a single line containing "substitution tokens", which each look like %[lr]?[bem]?color?(Size)(Source).

  • The first (optional) flag can be an "l", and "r", or be left off (which is the same as "l"). This flag indicates the 'justification' - left or right.
  • The second (optional) flag can be a "b", an "e", or an "m", defaulting to "e"; these stand for "beginning", "ending", and "middle", and represent what part of the string should be truncated if it needs to be shortened.
  • The third (optional) part is a color name, and can be any of "yellow", "red", "green", "blue", "cyan", or "none" (leaving it off is the same as specifing "none"). This is the color to use for the token in the output - note that any color supplied here is used regardless of the '--colorize' flag.
  • The fourth part of the token is required, and is the size of the token. If a positive integer is supplied, then the token will take up that much space, and will be padded on the appropriate side if necessary; if a negative integer is supplied, then the token will not be padded out, but will still get truncated if it is too long. The value '0' is special, and indicates that the token should be neither padded nor truncated.
  • The last part of the token is a string indicating the source data to represent, and must be one of these values: "tool", "loc", "level", "path", "lines", "rule", "body". Each of these represents one piece of data out of the message object that can be rendered into the message line.

Some example message formats:

%lcyan8tool | %lmyellow30rule | %0loc
%le6tool [%mblue20rule] %b45loc   %cyan-100body

CLI Options

To specify which tools to run (and if any are specified, the default_tools from the configuration file will be ignored), you supply them as positional arguments: qq rubocop rspec --all-files -L will run the rubocop and rspec tools, for example.

Run qq --help for a detailed list of the CLI options, they largely agree with those in the configuration file, but there are some differences. There's no way to specify a file_filter for a tool on the command-line, and there are some additional options available focused on managing the interactions with configuration files.

    -h, --help                       Prints this help
    -V, --version                    Print the current version of the gem
    -C, --config PATH                Load a config file from this path
    -N, --no-config                  Do not load a config file, even if present
    -E, --executor EXECUTOR          Which executor to use
    -A, --annotate ANNOTATOR         Annotate with this annotator
    -G, --annotate-github-stdout     Annotate with GitHub Workflow commands
    -a, --all-files [tool]           Use the tool(s) on all files
    -c, --changed-files [tool]       Use the tool(s) only on changed files
    -B, --comparison-branch BRANCH   Specify the branch to compare against
    -f, --filter-messages [tool]     Filter messages from tool(s) based on changed lines
    -u, --unfiltered [tool]          Don't filter messages from tool(s)
        --[no-]colorize              Colorize the logging output
    -n, --normal                     Print outcomes and messages
    -l, --light                      Print aggregated results only
    -q, --quiet                      Don't print results, only return a status code
    -L, --logging LEVEL              Specify logging mode (from light/quiet/normal)
    -v, --verbose                    Log more verbosely - multiple times is more verbose