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This is a project template for getting started with your developer blog. See Start your own developer blog for an introducton.


  • Make a clone of this project into some directory of your choice. For example:

    $ cd ~/projects
    $ git clone blog

    This will create a directory ~/projects/blog with all necessary files. On the Linux command line ~ is shorthand for your home directory.

    Note that we explicitly specified your local project name "blog" as an argument to the git command. This name is not visible to the outside. Without that argument, git would use dblog as local project name, which would be suboptimal since "dblog" is just the name of this template project. See Setting up your work environment for more details.

    Activate your virtualenv and install the atelier Python package:

    $ pip install atelier
  • Edit the following files and replace at least "John Doe" by your name:

    • ~/projects/blog/docs/
    • ~/projects/blog/docs/index.rst
  • Create a file named in your home directory with the following content (replacing john by your local username, johndoe by the name of your SSH account):

    blog_root = '/home/john/projects/blog/docs'
    blogref_url = ''
    docs_rsync_dest = ''
    editor_command = 'vim'
    # editor_command = 'emacsclient -n'
    # editor_command = '/path/to/pycharm/bin/'

To start blogging:

$ cd ~/projects/blog
$ inv blog

To build your docs locally:

$ inv bd

To see your built doctree:

$ firefox docs/.build/index.html

To publish your docs:

$ inv pd

Before this last step can work, you need to configure where your blog is to be published.

You need an SSH account on some public server. For example And that web server must be configured to serve /home/john/public_html/blog_docs to the outside. For example if you want your blog to be visible under you point your browser's "/" location to public_html/blog_docs.

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