Good Blog, Karl



My goal for this site is to make it as easy for me to use as possible. That’s why I’m using Jekyll (which I’ll blog about another time). I also want to automate as much of the blogging, version control, and deployment as possible. Up until today I was using a simple rsync alias to get the new files on the “live” hosted server. But I thought it would be more fun and more convenient to have a little more automation, so I scoured GitHub for some good examples and found one written by Scott Kyle, which I took and modified.

My favorite part is the rake deploy command. If I have uncommitted changes in the site repo, it’ll abort the Rake operation and open GitX so I can commit my recent work. If everything is committed, it’ll build the files, run git push, and then do the rsync update.

 1 # Adapted from Scott Kyle's Rakefile
 2 #
 4 task :default => :server
 6 desc 'Build site with Jekyll'
 7 task :build do
 8   jekyll '--no-server --no-auto'
 9 end
11 desc 'Build and start server with --auto'
12 task :server do
13   jekyll '--server --auto'
14 end
16 desc 'git commit or push'
17 task :gitx do
18   xed = false
19   IO.popen('git status') do |io|
20     io.each_line do |line|
21       if ( line =~ /^#\s*modified:/ && !xed ) then
22         sh 'gitx'
23         xed = true
24         raise "\n!!! Do a git commit first !!!\n\n"
25       end
26     end
27   end
28   if ( !xed ) then
29     sh 'git push'
30     puts "Committed files were pushed"
31   end
32 end
34 desc 'Build and deploy'
35 task :deploy => [:build, :gitx] do
36   sh 'rsync -auz --progress _site/ uname@server:/path/to/file/'
37 end
39 def jekyll(opts = '')
40   sh 'rm -rf _site'
41   sh 'jekyll ' + opts
42 end