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This is a Rails application, so you can view the site locally by running rails server. Easy.


Enabling the Apache modules required by our config

root$ a2enmod expires
root$ a2enmod rewrite

Using recap to deploy

$ cap bootstrap
$ cap deploy:setup
$ cap deploy

Set the freerange user's shell to bash

So that Passenger can pick up environment vars from ~/.profile.

root$ chsh -s /bin/bash freerange

Configure passwordless sudo access for members of the freerange group

So that we don't have to type our password when deploying.

root$ echo "%freerange ALL=NOPASSWD: ALL" > /etc/sudoers.d/freerange
root$ chmod 440 /etc/sudoers.d/freerange

Configuring Airbrake

So that exceptions are reported to our Errbit app. You may need to create a new "app" within the Errbit instance in order to obtain the API key, which is "app"-specific.

$ cap env:set AIRBRAKE_PROJECT_ID=<id-for-this-app-within-errbit-app>
$ cap env:set AIRBRAKE_API_KEY=<api-key-for-this-app-within-errbit-app>
$ cap env:set AIRBRAKE_HOST=<errbit-app-host-including-scheme>

Configure secret key

$ rails secret | pbcopy
$ cap env:set SECRET_KEY_BASE=`pbpaste`

Updating the Apache config file

# Copy the Apache config file (this will trigger Apache to reload)
$ cap apache:enable_config

Writing a snip

A snip is just a text file within the "soup", like "here-is-my-stuff.snip". You can write whatever you like in the file, and it will be rendered as is when you visit http://yoursite/here-is-my-stuff.

By default snips will be rendered as HTML. Snip files with a .markdown extension will be rendered using the kramdown gem, while snip files with a .haml extension will be rendered using the haml gem. You can use ERB tags within any snip. Metadata is stored as YAML at the bottom of a snip.

This site uses multiple soups to make it easier to organise the content. Within the soups directory there are snips, and also sub-directories; These contain other snips, but don't result in nested URLs. In other words, if a snip called hello.snip is in soups/blog, it is still served from http://yoursite/hello, and not http://yoursite/blog/hello. The URL space is flat.

The layout for a snip will default to 'application' unless the render_as attribute is set to 'Blog' in which case it will default to 'blog'. You can override the layout by setting the layout attribute.

Only snips with kind set to 'blog' or 'show-and-tell' are included in the RSS/Atom feed.

Setting the draft attribute to true will mean the snip is not included in any lists or in the RSS/Atom feed.

The site map is generated on the fly and includes any page with the is_page attribute set to true.

If you're not sure, just look at some of the other snips in soups/blog.

Regression test

There are a set of Rake tasks under the 'regression' namespace which allow generation and comparison of a set of normalized HTML/XML artefacts. Note that these Rake tasks depend on HTML Tidy 1 which can be installed via brew install tidy-html5 on OSX.