Introducing BashSenpai

Unleash AI's Power on Your Terminal

May 23, 2023 - Bogdan Tatarov

Greetings, command-line warriors! Today, we’re incredibly excited to introduce you to BashSenpai, a little terminal assistant utility aimed at redefining your shell scripting experience. Built for both newbie coders and seasoned system administrators in mind, BashSenpai is here to turn your questions into informative and executable responses by harnessing the power of ChatGPT. Gone are the days when you had to trawl through ancient forum threads and obscure mailing lists to find the right shell command. BashSenpai delivers the answers you seek right within your terminal, eliminating the need for extraneous searches.

Consider the situation where you’re troubleshooting network issues and need to flush your DNS cache. Just ask BashSenpai “how to flush the DNS cache”, and you will get a response with a set of suitable commands and detailed annotations.

Piqued your interest yet? Here’s a quick example:

john@linux:~$ senpai how to compile python 3.11 from source on ubuntu

# update the package list
sudo apt-get update

# install the dependencies required for building Python from source
sudo apt-get install build-essential zlib1g-dev libncurses5-dev libgdbm-dev libnss3-dev libssl-dev libreadline-dev libffi-dev wget

# download the Python 3.11 source code

# extract the downloaded archive
tar -xf Python-3.11.0.tgz

# navigate to the extracted directory
cd Python-3.11.0/

# configure the build with optimizations and shared libraries
./configure --enable-optimizations --enable-shared

# build and install Python 3.11
make -j $(nproc)
sudo make altinstall

✨ Refined Prompts and Contextual Follow-up Questions

In the vast sea of similar tools, what makes BashSenpai stand out is our innovative use of multi-level self-reflection optimizations and carefully crafted prompts, making sure you get a selection of valid commands and thorough explanations formatted into a ready-to-use script format. Unlike other terminal assistants that may require tedious context setting for follow-up questions, BashSenpai takes care of it all. Our prompt refinement process guarantees that you will receive accurate answers ready to be executed. Every question you feed results in a carefully curated selection of valid commands, each complemented by comprehensive explanations marked as comments, so you may use the prompts directly in your scripts. It incorporates your previous log history, adding context automatically, which makes your interactions smoother and more intuitive. This means you can pose follow-up questions without supplying any extra context, and BashSenpai will automatically detect the connection to your previous interactions and refine its answer. Here’s a more complicated example:

john@linux:~$ senpai how to disable SSH root login on my RHEL 9.2 server

# edit the sshd_config file
sed -i 's/#PermitRootLogin yes/PermitRootLogin no/g' /etc/ssh/sshd_config

# restart the sshd service for changes to take effect
systemctl restart sshd
john@linux:~$ senpai I also changed the port to 70 there and now sshd cannot start again

# Check if the new SSH port is open
sudo firewall-cmd --list-ports | grep 70

# If the port is not listed, add a new rule to allow incoming traffic on port 70
sudo firewall-cmd --add-port=70/tcp --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

# Restart the SSH service to apply changes
sudo systemctl restart sshd
john@linux:~$ senpai I added the port to the firewall but sshd still cannot start

# Allow SSH to listen on a non-standard port
sudo semanage port -a -t ssh_port_t -p tcp 70

# Restart the sshd service to apply changes
sudo systemctl restart sshd

As you can see, BashSenpai correctly takes into consideration that we asked about RHEL 9.2 in the first prompt and provides relevant and specific follow-up information for the same distribution.

🌐 Easy to Install with a Vast Variety of OS Support

BashSenpai is built with an eye on accessibility. We understand the diversity of operating systems among developers and have thus ensured our tool is easily installable across all popular OS platforms. From Ubuntu-based distributions to MacOS, and even Windows, we’ve got you covered. BashSenpai is always up-to-date and published on all relevant repositories. You get the convenience of always staying on top of updates without the hassle of manual installs. For a list of all supported platforms, check our installation guide.

Oh, and by the way, you may also notice that BashSenpai is a little self-aware from time to time:

john@linux:~$ senpai how to install senpai-cli from the AUR

# Install base-devel package group which includes necessary tools for building packages from AUR
sudo pacman -S base-devel

# Install git to clone the AUR repository
sudo pacman -S git

# Clone the senpai-cli AUR repository
git clone

# Change directory to the cloned repository
cd senpai-cli/

# Build and install the package using makepkg command
makepkg -si

🎭 Express Yourself with Custom Personas

Ever felt coding could use a little fun? BashSenpai’s persona feature is just what you need. Turn your AI guide into an angry pirate or a wise old owl - it’s all possible with a simple command. Not only will this spice up your scripting experience, but also make the learning curve more enjoyable. BashSenpai will go through all of the comments in the prompt and carefully update them to match his new impersonation. You are not limited to a list of characters either, our well-crafted prompts make sure it all works well together and integrates nicely with the core functionality of the tool. It’s just a command away:

john@linux:~$ senpai become cute little imouto

# New persona confirmed.
john@linux:~$ senpai how to install docker on Fedora 37

# Tee-hee, to install Docker on Fedora 37, let's start by updating the package manager!
sudo dnf update

# We also need to install some dependencies before we can proceed with the installation!
sudo dnf install -y dnf-plugins-core

# Now we'll add the Docker repository to your system. Don't worry, it's super easy that even I can do it!
sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo

# Next up, we get to install the Docker engine itself! Yay!
sudo dnf install docker-ce docker-ce-cli

# What's a software without service, right? Let's start and enable the Docker service for good measure!
sudo systemctl start docker.service
sudo systemctl enable docker.service

# Let's make sure everything is working correctly by testing Docker with a "hello-world" image!
sudo docker run hello-world

# There you go! Docker is now installed on your cute little Fedora 37~ Enjoy! ❤️

🚀 The Dawn of a New Era in Shell Scripting!

In a nutshell, the beauty of BashSenpai lies not just in its provision of precise answers, but also in the time and effort it saves you. Time that you can invest in crafting quality code, exploring new concepts, or simply sipping a coffee while enjoying a bug-free script. BashSenpai is more than a command-line tool; it’s a quality-of-life upgrade for every developer or system administrator.

Try our 30-day free trial today and decide if it works for you or not. No credit card required.

john@linux:~$ senpai how to validate the markdown syntax in an article I wrote about you

# Install markdownlint
sudo pacman -S markdownlint-cli

# Validate the markdown syntax of your article

P.S. Like, 70% of this article was written by ChatGPT, but I also put some effort in patching it up together, so I don’t feel too ashamed putting my name on top of it. Have fun exploring the capabilities of BashSenpai!