Sam Snelling

The John Wick of PHP Software Development

Slack Alias

Someone told me the other day about Slack's /remind command, which is an awesome way to remind you to do simple things at pre determined intervals. However, were using the /remind command to remind them to check on long running builds and tests.

What I do, is set up an incoming webhook, and then use my Slack alias that I created. This allows me to send myself a notification when whatever task I was running is done, like so:

➜  ~ sleep 30 | slack 'Long running task complete!'

To do this, just modify the incoming webhook link and add the alias to your bash or ~/.zshrc file:

alias slack='_slack() { curl -X POST -H "Content-type: application/json" --data "{\"text\":\" "$1" \"}" }; _slack'