I’m playing around with Nanoc – a static site generator. Basically, nanoc allows you you write your blog posts offline, and then generates your entire site in raw HTML. This allows you to host a site with out needing a database. In other words, it’s dead quick. You can also forgo a web server, and just host your site from S3 if you want.
That’s pretty cool, but it seems to be a little more work then I really want. Since know my way around git and other command line tools, I decided that I could do better.
That and I wanted a more efficient way to share pictures of cats.
Enter giflister.sh. This little shell script is designed to be run as a git post recive hook, and will automate deploying your nanoc site. Oh yeah, and it will also search your site for gifs, pngs, and jpegs, and give you a nice html file listing of links to them. This allows me to easily go to one spot, grab the picture that I want, and paste it into the tweet or chat program of my choice.
Since it’s dead simple to get the pictures to my web server, I can add new ones as I find them.
Installing it is not for the faint of heart, but here are the steps that I took:
- Installed nanoc, got a basic site up and running
- SSH’d to my hosting server, set up a bare git repo (
git init --bare)
- Back on my local machine, set up the git remote, and pushed to my hosting site
- SSH’d back to my hosting server, and copied the
- Copied giflister into the new hook
- Git cloned the bare repo into a real repo (at
- Made sure the paths etc in the post-receive hook were accurate
- Ran it once to see that it worked
- Tried a git push from my local workstation to insure that it worked as a hook
Not a trival install process, and not something that anyone who is not familiar with git and bash should try, however the results are impressive as you can see:
~/Code/Nanoc ☯ git commit -m "add more bros" [master d4c8ca2] add more bros 1 file changed, 0 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-) create mode 100644 content/come-at-me-bro-2.jpg ~/Code/Nanoc ☯ git push origin master Counting objects: 6, done. Delta compression using up to 4 threads. Compressing objects: 100% (4/4), done. Writing objects: 100% (4/4), 330.91 KiB | 0 bytes/s, done. Total 4 (delta 2), reused 0 (delta 0) remote: Starting to push to production remote: Get updates remote: From /home/mysite/git/creations.nokes.name remote: 63d06bc..d4c8ca2 master -> origin/master remote: Updating 63d06bc..d4c8ca2 remote: Fast-forward remote: content/come-at-me-bro-2.jpg | Bin 0 -> 338843 bytes remote: 1 file changed, 0 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-) remote: create mode 100644 content/come-at-me-bro-2.jpg remote: generate a new gitlister.html file remote: sort the file remote: copy stuff over, and set the permissions correctly remote: done! To myuser@mysite:~/git/creations.nokes.name.git 63d06bc..d4c8ca2 master -> master
And, presto, we have more bros!