A Railsless Deploy File for Capistrano
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Lee Hambley's Railsless Deploy

If you want to get the most out of Capistrano and you do not want to have to deal with the railsisms that ship by default, this is the gem for you.


# gem install railsless-deploy -s http://gemcutter.org

If you are reading this document and wondering why we moved, we were subject to the problems when GitHub stopped building gems, thus we moved to gemcutter, read more here.


Open your application's Capfile and make it look like this, the last three lines are the magic. also you can safely remove line two if you won't be loading additional plugin files. (this is a railsism):

load 'deploy' if respond_to?(:namespace) # cap2 differentiator
# Dir['vendor/plugins/*/recipes/*.rb'].each { |plugin| load(plugin) }

require 'rubygems'
require 'railsless-deploy'
load    'config/deploy'

You should then be able to proceed as you would usually, you may want to familiarise yourself with the truncated list of tasks, you can get a full list with:

$ cap -T

What's in the box?

If you want to try before you buy, here's the list of tasks included with this version of the deploy recipe:

cap deploy               # Deploys your project.
cap deploy:check         # Test deployment dependencies.
cap deploy:cleanup       # Clean up old releases.
cap deploy:cold          # Deploys and starts a `cold' application.
cap deploy:pending       # Displays the commits since your last deploy.
cap deploy:pending:diff  # Displays the `diff' since your last deploy.
cap deploy:rollback      # Rolls back to a previous version and restarts.
cap deploy:rollback:code # Rolls back to the previously deployed version.
cap deploy:setup         # Prepares one or more servers for deployment.
cap deploy:symlink       # Updates the symlink to the most recently deployed ...
cap deploy:update        # Copies your project and updates the symlink.
cap deploy:update_code   # Copies your project to the remote servers.
cap deploy:upload        # Copy files to the currently deployed version.
cap invoke               # Invoke a single command on the remote servers.
cap shell                # Begin an interactive Capistrano session.

Bugs & Feedback

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