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a 'require' function for zsh scripts and interactive functions

I'm trying to come up with a function which will allow me to 'require' that a given command is found in $PATH, so I can put a line at the top of a script like this:


require gmv lynx wget


or in another function

foo () {

require bar


and know that the script will check to see if those are there before executing.

I have defined 'require' like this

require () {

for UTIL in $@

if (( $+commands[$UTIL] ))
msg "No $UTIL found"

if [[ "$SHLVL" == "1" ]]
return 1
exit 1


The SHLVL is intended to keep my login shell from exiting if a function doesn't find a required command.

The : in the if/else/fi is because I wasn't sure how else to do a "not" for (( $+commands[$UTIL] ))

(`msg` is just a fancy way of doing `echo` which uses `growlnotify` on Mac. http://luo.ma/msg)

When I finished creating `require`, I found myself wondering if I had just reinvented a wheel that zsh already implemented some other way, so I thought I'd ask. I also thought there might be other ways to improve this if zsh didn't already have something built-in.


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