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Jekyll on with Cloud Foundry

Recently I moved my blog over to the service I am currently working on building,

Running Jekyll on isn’t all that different from running it on other services, though I had a few other goals in mind. The way I wanted it set up was:

  • Stop using rack-jekyll. Its a nice gem, however it is locked to an older version of Jekyll. And the current gem is on an even more outdated one. Currently, Cloud Foundry doesn’t support pulling bundler sources from git too.
  • Have a public folder for static content like CSS and images.
  • Have the _site folder for generated content
  • Don’t have it copy the Gemfile and the into the _site folder (annoys me)
  • Redirect to
  • Low foot print

First, the Gemfile:

source :rubygems

gem 'rack-contrib', :require => 'rack/contrib/try_static'
gem 'rack-redirect'
gem 'thin'

group :development do
  gem 'jekyll'
  gem 'RedCloth'
  gem 'rdiscount'

The main gems being used are thin, rack-contrib (for TryStatic, note on that later), and rack-redirect (for www redirection). I also include some of the gems I use for Jekyll in the development group. That way they are available locally but not loaded when I deploy (lower footprint… and yes, it is minor).

Now, the

require 'rubygems'
require 'bundler'

use Rack::EY::Solo::DomainRedirect

use Rack::TryStatic,
    :root => "_site",
    :urls => %w[/],
    :try => ['.html', 'index.html', '/index.html']

use Rack::Static,
    :root => "public",
    :urls => %w[/]

run lambda { [404, {'Content-Type' => 'text/html'}, ['Not Found']]}

There are 4 rack components here. First, Rack::EY::Solo::DomainRedirect is the rack-redirect gem and handles the www redirection. Next, is Rack::TryStatic. It is used to access files from the _site generated content directory. It gives a couple different :try values for different ways to find the intended file. Then is the Rack::Static which gets static content from the public directory. No need to try different combinations. And last is a generic lambda that will return 404.

Next, want to avoid duplication. With things as they are, when I run jekyll it will copy the public and other items into the _site folder duplicating it. To resolve that, in our _config.yml, can add an exclude line:

exclude: [ 'public', 'Gemfile', 'Gemfile.lock', '' ]

And with that, we are set! All of our goals are met. Commit and push to deploy! Currently I have Cloud Foundry set up with a Rack framework defined (will be sending a pull request with it soon) and also have my blog set to use Ruby 1.9.3 as well.

Soon I’ll be providing some more details on, so stay tuned and click over to it and sign up to get access to the beta.

Friday, January 06, 2012

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