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.

# Adapted from Scott Kyle's Rakefile

task :default => :server

desc 'Build site with Jekyll'
task :build do
  jekyll '--no-server --no-auto'

desc 'Build and start server with --auto'
task :server do
  jekyll '--server --auto'

desc 'git commit or push'
task :gitx do
  xed = false
  IO.popen('git status') do |io|
    io.each_line do |line|
      if ( line =~ /^#\s*modified:/ && !xed ) then
        sh 'gitx'
        xed = true
        raise "\n!!! Do a git commit first !!!\n\n"
  if ( !xed ) then
    sh 'git push'
    puts "Committed files were pushed"

desc 'Build and deploy'
task :deploy => [:build, :gitx] do
  sh 'rsync -auz --progress _site/ [email protected]:/path/to/file/'

def jekyll(opts = '')
  sh 'rm -rf _site'
  sh 'jekyll ' + opts