Today the question came up how to verify YAML files easily. Of course, there are many very good online parser. But I was wondering if it is possible to do it simply in Bash/ZSH, using a Python one-liner. Here is the code:
$ python -c 'import yaml,sys;yaml.safe_load(sys.stdin)' < yamltest.txt
It throws an exception if the file is not a proper (aka importable) YAML file. Otherwise it just returns with a 0 exit code.
Please note that I am not sure how tolerant
yaml.safe_load is. And note that PyYAML needs to be installed.
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