Quickly freeze and unfreeze external git dependencies
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Externals

Quickly freeze and unfreeze external git dependencies.

Compatibility

Tested with Ruby 1.8.6, 1.8.7, and 1.9.1.

Installation

sudo gem install externals --source http://gemcutter.org

Configuration

Create config/externals.yml:

acts_as_archive:
  repo: git://github.com/winton/acts_as_archive.git
  path: vendor/plugins
rails:
  repo: git://github.com/rails/rails.git
  path: vendor

Freeze or unfreeze

You can run either of these for the first time, depending on what you want:

externals freeze
externals unfreeze

If you only want to freeze one of the items in config/externals.yml

externals freeze acts_as_archive
externals unfreeze acts_as_archive

The usual flow is to unfreeze, commit to the external, freeze, and commit to the parent project.

Your .git directories will be zipped and stored in /tmp when frozen, and moved back to the external when unfrozen.

Are my externals frozen?

When you want to know the status of your externals:

externals status