Bash array json restic snapshots and jq

Bash array json restic snapshots and jq

As you know bash is not ideal with multi arrays. Frequently I find myself wanting to read something like json into bash and loop over it. There are many ways to do this including readarray etc. I found this to work best for me. Note json can have lists so I collapse those with jq’s join. Example:

# cat restic-loop-snaps.sh 
#!/bin/bash

function loopOverArray(){

   restic snapshots --json | jq -r '.' | jq -c '.[]'| while read i; do
	id=$(echo "$i" | jq -r '.| .short_id')
	ctime=$(echo "$i" | jq -r '.| .time')
	hostname=$(echo "$i" | jq -r '.| .hostname')
	paths=$(echo "$i" | jq -r '. | .paths | join(",")')
	tagss=$(echo "$i" | jq -r '. | .tags | join(",")')
	printf "%-10s - %-40s - %-20s - %-30s - %-20s\n" $id $ctime $hostname $paths $tags
    done
}

loopOverArray

# ./restic-loop-snaps.sh 
0a71b5d4   - 2019-05-31T05:03:20.655922639-05:00      - pop-os               - /DATA/MyWorkDocs        -                     
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