This is a bunch of scripts, which generate Dartdocs.org contents, for every single package in pub.
It runs on Google Compute Engine instances, and designed to be run there. You still can run it on your local machine, in this case you'll need to create credentials.yaml file with the credentials, which allow access to Dartdocs project in Google Cloud and also to the dartdocs' account on CloudFlare CDN. Check out credentials.yaml.example for the example.
Unfortunately (or, fortunately :)) you cannot do anything with http://www.dartdocs.org without the credentials.
But once you got them, the rest is simple (if you have Dart already installed):
git clone https://github.com/astashov/dartdocorg.git cd dartdocorg pub get
Now, copy your credentials to credentials.yaml, and you are good to go.
It has several scripts, which you can use to control the generation of docs. All scripts support
--help arg, which
will tell you more about the supported arguments.
That's the main one, it generates documentation for the packages from pub. It downloads the list of available packages from pub, installs them, generates the documentation, and uploads it to Google Cloud Storage. Doing that in batches.
It also supports "sharding". If there are several instances running in the same Compute Engine Instance Group, you can
specify the name of the group in
config.yaml, and then they will split the work between the instances. So, if you
need to regenerate the docs for the whole pub quickly, you can run 100 instances within the same group, and it probably
will be done in several hours.
It also stores all the meta information about the packages to Google Datastore (like, the status of generation (success or error), when it was generated, etc).
It also can regenerate specific package/version, check
--help for details.
Using all the meta information from Google Datastore, stored by
package_generator.dart, it builds index pages and
uploads them to Google Cloud Storage as well. Like, index.html page with all the successfully generated packages,
'failures' page with links to logs of failures, 'history' page with the latest generated packages, its status and
links to logs as well.
It just sends a command via CloudFront API to clear all the cache on CloudFront. Useful when you regenerate the whole site with the new version of dartdoc, for example.
We have a global variable 'docsVersion', which is stored in Datastore, and also every single meta record in Datastore
has a field with that value. It's an integer, which is just a timestamp. When the package's docsVersion value is equal
to the global docsVersion value, we consider it generated (with success or error). When they are not equal, the package
docs will be regenerated again. So,
bin/bump_docs_version.dart just bumps global docsVersion to the current timestamp.
Which means all the packages will be stale, and will be regenerated again. That's useful when you need to regenerate
all the packages with the new version of dartdocs, for example.
There are also some shell scripts, which we use to run the app
It configures Google Cloud project to run dartdocorg. It adds indexes to Datastore, creates the bucket, creates instance templates and run instances in instance groups.
This is a startup script for the index and package instances, it provisions the instances:
- Installs latest Dart SDK
- Clones and configures the app
- Creates credentials.yaml
- Configures monit to restart the script if it crashes
Configures log rotation
This is the script, which is used by monit to start, stop and restart the Dart scripts.
Google Compute Engine - to run
bin/index_generator.dart. There are 2 instance groups where these scripts run - dartdocs-package-generators and dartdocs-index-generators accordingly. dartdocs-index-generators is supposed to have only one running instance, which will rebuild the index pages (by running
bin/index_generator.dart) and also will build documentation for the packages (by running
bin/package_generator.dart). dartdocs-package-generators can have any number of running instances (even 0, since we still have one running
bin/package_generator.darton the dartdocs-index-generators instance), depending on the work load and how fast you want to regenerate the documentation. You can think about it as an auxiliary group, which helps you to scale generation when needed, in case you e.g. need to regenerate documentation for all packages.
Both have startup scripts, which are run on an instance launch. They install Dart, clone the repo, configure monit and log rotation, and finally start the
bin/scripts. You can find templates for them in the files
To control the number of running instances per group from CLI, you can use the following commands:
$ gcloud compute instance-groups managed resize dartdocs-index-generators --size 1 --zone us-central1-f $ gcloud compute instance-groups managed resize dartdocs-package-generators --size 4 --zone us-central1-f
- Google Cloud Datastore - to store all the meta information about packages (status, updatedAt, docsVersion, etc).
It also has custom composite indexes defined in
index.yaml. To load the indexes to the Datastore from CLI, use the following command:
$ gcloud preview datastore create-indexes index.yaml
To remove old unused instances:
$ gcloud preview datastore cleanup-indexes index.yaml
Google Cloud Storage - to store all the documentation and index packages. It's configured to serve it as a static site.
- Regenerate the docs with the new version of dartdoc
The instances install the latest dev SDK on boot, (check out the
So, to upgrade to the new version of dartdoc, we need to restart the instances and scale dartdocs-package-generators up.
We also need to run
bin/bump_docs_version.dart to update
docsVersion and purge the CDN cache for the package docs.
So, you have to do:
$ gcloud compute instance-groups managed resize dartdocs-index-generators --size 0 --zone us-central1-f $ gcloud compute instance-groups managed resize dartdocs-package-generators --size 0 --zone us-central1-f $ dart bin/bump_docs_version.dart $ gcloud compute instance-groups managed resize dartdocs-index-generators --size 1 --zone us-central1-f $ gcloud compute instance-groups managed resize dartdocs-package-generators --size 40 --zone us-central1-f ... after its done ... $ dart bin/purge_cdn_cache.dart
So, the command
gcloud compute instance-groups managed resize dartdocs-package-generators --size 40 --zone us-central1-f
sets the number of instances in dartdocs-package-generators group according to the
For now, you only can launch 100 CPU units in the google cloud project, so, limited with 50 instances.
It takes ~6-8 hours to regenerate the whole pub with 40 instances in the
It doesn't scale down automatically, you have to use the command
gcloud compute instance-groups managed resize dartdocs-package-generators --size 0 --zone us-central1-f
to scale it back to zero instances once they are done with regenerating everything (remember, you'll still have one
instance in the dartdocs-index-generators, which also generates the documentation for the packages)
- Regenerate just one specific package
Just simply run:
$ dart bin/package_generator.dart --name blah --version 1.2.3
And it will regenerate the package and override it on the https://www.dartdocs.org.
We have lots of versions of docs for a package, and we want search engines to give users the latest copy of the docs. We don't want an old version to appear at the top of the search results.
We achieve that by setting a
rel="canonical" in the HTML pages of the docs, this way we tell search engines
what the canonical doc is for a package. The canonical url looks like
(note the use of
When we generate docs for a package, we set
rel="canonical" meta tag, and also we generate the HTML
latest/index.html, which contains meta refresh tag. So, when user opens
be redirected to the latest version of the package, like