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Inventory-Rake provides Rake¹ tasks for your Inventory². This includes tasks
for cleaning up our project, compiling extensions, installing dependencies,
installing and uninstalling the project itself, and creating and pushing
distribution files to distribution points.
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§ Installation
Install Inventory-Rake with
% gem install inventory-rake
§ Usage
Include the following code in your ‹Rakefile›, where ‹Package› is the
top-level module of your project:
require 'inventory-rake-3.0'
load File.expand_path('../lib/package/version.rb', __FILE__)
Inventory::Rake::Tasks.define Package::Version
Inventory::Rake::Tasks.unless_installing_dependencies do
# Any additional tasks that your project’s dependencies provide
‹Inventory::Rake::Tasks.define› does the heavy lifting. It takes our
inventory and sets up the tasks mentioned above. We also do some
additional customization of the gem specification.
As we want to be able to use our Rakefile to install our dependencies for
us, the rest of the Rakefile is inside the conditional
#unless_installing_dependencies, which, as the name certainly implies,
executes its block unless the task being run is the one that installs our
dependencies. This becomes relevant if we want to, for example, set up
Travis¹ integration. To do so, simply add
- gem install inventory-rake -v '~> VERSION' --no-rdoc --no-ri
- rake gem:deps:install
to your ‹.travis.yml› file. This’ll make sure that Travis installs all
development, runtime, and optional dependencies that you’ve listed in your
inventory before running any tests.
There’s more information in the {API documentation}² that you’ll likely
want to read up on if anything is unclear.
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§ Tasks
The tasks that are created if you use Inventory-Rake are:
= check. = Check that the package meets its expectations.
= mostlyclean. = Delete targets built by rake that are ofter rebuilt.
= clean. = Delete targets built by rake; depends on mostlyclean.
= distclean. = Delete all files not meant for distribution; depends on clean.
= compile. = Compile all extensions; depends on each compile:name.
= compile:name. = Compile extension /name/; depends on
lib/path/so file.
= lib/path/so. = Installed dynamic library of extension /name/ inside
inventory path; depends on ext/name/so.
= ext/name/so. = Dynamic library of extension /name/; depends on
ext/name/Makefile and the source files of the extension.
= ext/name/Makefile. = Makefile for extension /name/; depends on inventory
path, ext/name/extconf.rb file, and ext/name/depend file. Will be
created by extconf.rb, which may take options from environment variable
name#upcase_EXTCONF_OPTIONS or ‹EXTCONF_OPTIONS› if defined.
= clean:name. = Clean files built for extension /name/; depended upon by
= spec. = Create specifications; depends on gem:spec.
= gem:spec. = Create gem specification; depends on gemspec.
= gemspec (file). = Gem specification file; depends on Rakefile, README, and
inventory path.
= dist. = Create files for distribution; depends on gem:dist.
= gem:dist. = Create gem for distribution; depends on inventory:check and gem
= inventory:check. = Check that the inventory is correct by looking for files
not listed in the inventory that match the pattern and for files listed
in the inventory that don’t exist; depends on distclean.
= gem (file). = Gem file; depends on files included in gem.
= dist:check. = Check files before distribution; depends on dist and
= gem:dist:check. = Check gem before distribution; depends on gem:dist.
= deps:install. = Install dependencies on the local system; depends on
= gem:deps:install. = Install dependencies in ruby gem directory.
= deps:install:user. = Install dependencies for the current user; depends on
= gem:deps:install:user. = Install dependencies in the user gem directory.
= install. = Install distribution files on the local system; depends on
= gem:install. = Install gem in ruby gem directory; depends on gem:dist.
= install:user. = Install distribution files for the current user; depends on
= gem:install:user. = Install gem in the user gem directory.
= uninstall. = Delete all files installed on the local system.
= gem:uninstall. = Uninstall gem from ruby gem directory.
= uninstall:user. = Delete all files installed for current user.
= gem:uninstall:user. = Uninstall gem from ruby gem directory.
= push. = Push distribution files to distribution hubs.
= gem:push. = Push gem to
§ Financing
Currently, most of my time is spent at my day job and in my rather busy
private life. Please motivate me to spend time on this piece of software
by donating some of your money to this project. Yeah, I realize that
requesting money to develop software is a bit, well, capitalistic of me.
But please realize that I live in a capitalistic society and I need money
to have other people give me the things that I need to continue living
under the rules of said society. So, if you feel that this piece of
software has helped you out enough to warrant a reward, please PayPal a
donation to now@disu.se¹. Thanks! Your support won’t go unnoticed!
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§ Reporting Bugs
Please report any bugs that you encounter to the {issue tracker}¹.
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§ Authors
Nikolai Weibull wrote the code, the tests, the manual pages, and this
§ Licensing
Inventory-Rake is free software: you may redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the {GNU Lesser General Public License, version 3}¹ or
later², as published by the {Free Software Foundation}³.
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