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 post-receive.sample to post-receive
  • Copied giflister into the new hook
  • Git cloned the bare repo into a real repo (at ~/nanoc)
  • 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
  • Profit!

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!