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Copyright (c) 2006-2012 VMware, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

These are the Cloud Foundry docs built with nanoc.


Ruby 1.9 is required to build the site. This repo assumes(via .rvmrc) you have RVM and Ruby 1.9.2 installed and a docs gemset

To create the docs gemset follow these steps:

$ rvm use 1.9.2
Using /Users/<your_username>/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290

$ rvm gemset create docs
'docs' gemset created (/Users/<your_username>/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290@docs).

$ rvm gemset use docs

Use this command to get all the necessary gems to build the docs:

$ bundle install

You can see the available commands with nanoc:

nanoc -h

Nanoc has some nice documentation to get you started. Though if you're mainly concerned with editing or adding content, you won't need to know much about nanoc.

Writing Docs

  • Add a markdown doc to the content folder. If you need to add screenshots, add them to static/images/screenshot/<page-name>/ folder

  • Specify title, description and tags.

  • Reuse tags instead of making new ones wherever possible.

Changing the layout

If you need to change the layout you can edit default.haml in the layouts folder. Many of the values used in this template are set in the confi.yaml including:

  • Base urls for all the links
  • Test version of docs vs production version of docs
  • Social buttons preferences

Colorized Code Blocks

You can have nanoc pretty print (colorize) your code, by placing the code inside a fenced block quote (three backquotes) followed by language name. This style is compatible with GitHub Flavored Markdown code blocks.


``` ruby
# this is a simple Ruby Sinatra app
get '/' do
  "Hello from Sinatra!"

Supported languages include java, javascript, ruby, erb, groovy, scala, bash html and xml (see Rules for full list).

Some things to watch out for:

  • Avoid TAB characters in the code, as tabs confuse the nanoc filters.
  • Make sure the three backquotes have no leading spaces
  • You dont have to escape HTML or XML inside the fenced quotes


Nanoc compiles the site into static files living in ./output/public. It's smart enough not to try to compile unchanged files:

$ nanoc tags
$ nanoc compile
Loading site data...
Compiling site...
   identical  [0.37s]  output/public/frameworks.html
   identical  [1.54s]  output/public/frameworks/java/spring/grails.html
   identical  [12.77s]  output/public/frameworks/java/spring/spring.html
   identical  [1.01s]  output/public/frameworks/nodejs/nodejs.html
   identical  [0.08s]  output/public/frameworks/ruby/installing-ruby.html
   identical  [0.57s]  output/public/frameworks/ruby/rails-3-0.html
   identical  [2.05s]  output/public/frameworks/ruby/rails-3-1.html
   identical  [0.54s]  output/public/frameworks/ruby/ruby-simple.html
   identical  [0.08s]  output/public/frameworks/ruby/ruby.html
   identical  [3.13s]  output/public/frameworks/ruby/sinatra.html
   identical  [0.90s]  output/public/frameworks/scala/scala.html
   identical  [0.05s]  output/public/getting-started.html
   identical  [0.07s]  output/public/index.html
   identical  [0.09s]  output/public/infrastructure/micro/installing-mcf.html
   identical  [0.14s]  output/public/infrastructure/micro/using-mcf.html
   identical  [0.07s]  output/public/infrastructure/overview.html
   identical  [0.06s]  output/public/quick-start.html
      update  [0.53s]  output/public/services.html

   Site compiled in 42.48s.

You can setup whatever you want to view the files. If you have the adsf gem, however (I hope so, it was in the Gemfile), you can start Webrick:

$ nanoc view

You can then open your browser to http://localhost:3000

Compilation times got you down? Use autocompile!

$ nanoc tags
$ nanoc autocompile

This starts a web server too, so there's no need to run nanoc view. One thing: remember to add trailing slashes to all nanoc links!

Since Cloud Foundry doesn't support deploying a static app we use Sinatra. The Sinatra app is inside the output doc You can run this app by doing

$ cd output
$ bundle install
$ ruby sample.rb

You can then open your browser to and see the same pages as with nanoc view and opening http://localhost:3000

Contributing to the documentation

  • Signup at
  • Install the gerrit-cli gem
  • gerrit clone the repo ssh://<your-username> and cd into it
  • Update the pages (inside of folder content)
  • Remove the old pages rm -rf output/public
  • If you changed tags, regenerate them with nanoc tags
  • Recompile nanoc compile
  • Test nanoc autocompile or nanoc view
  • Commit your change git commit -am "Changes to have a simpler tutorial"
  • Squash commits into one if you want to send your changes upstream.
  • Submit changes with gerrit push


This work is licensed under Apache License 2.0

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