Smeagol is a server that can run a read-only version of a Gollum wiki. This can be useful when you want to maintain a standalone website, but you want to update it through the Gollum wiki interface, e.g. via GitHub.
Smeagol also includes a static site generator that can convert a Gollum wiki into a static website to be served by any hosting service.
As of v0.6.0 Smeagol is in fairly good shape. It has a number of tests and they are all green. However the tests are far from comprehensive. So there is a some QA waterfalling going on here too. Probably it is best to consider the v0.6.x series an advanced beta set. So if you run into any issues, or see any clear ways to improve the project, let us know via the issues tracker to help us move toward a rock-solid 0.7.
You can install Smeagol with RubyGems:
$ [sudo] gem install smeagol
And then, if you want code highlighting, follow the Installation Guide for Pygments.
Ta da! You're ready to go.
Of course, the first thing you need to do is clone your Gollum wiki repo.
$ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:user/user.github.com.git
To preview your site via smeagol, simply change directories to your Gollum repository
smeagol preview from the command line:
$ cd /path/to/repo $ smeagol preview
This will run a web server at
http://localhost:4567. You can change the port
by setting the
-p option on the command line.
Of course, you want to customize your site to suit your style. To do this you
need to add some Smeagol support files. Use the
init command to have Smeagol
put the default files in place.
$ cd path/to/wiki $ smeagol init
In your wiki this will add a few files. One of these is
_settings.yml which you
use to configure smeagol for your site. See SETTINGS below.
There will also be a file called
_layouts/page.mustache. Using Mustache templating
use this file to create a custom page layout for your site. To learn more
about the variables available for use in this template see
the Smeagol Wiki.
Be sure to add these files to your repo and commit them. (You can just check these files in and push to the server. It will not effect you Gollum wiki in any way.)
_settings.yml file allows you to configure certain behaviors of Smeagol.
--- static: public url: http://trans.github.com source_url: http://github.com/trans title: 7R4N5.C0D3 author: trans description: Trans Programming Blog menu: - title: Homepage href: "/" - title: RSS Feed href: "/rss.xml" - title: Projects href: "http://github.com/trans"
See the API documentation for more details about each field.
Smeagol can serve multiple Gollum repos simulataneously. To do this
create a configuration file at
~/.smeagol/config.yml. An example file
looks like this:
--- port: 3000 auto_update: true cache_enabled: true repositories: - path: ~/websites/acme/wiki cname: acme.org origin: 'email@example.com:acme/acme.wiki.git' ref: master bare: false secret: X123
Then to serve the listed repositories use:
$ smeagol serve
There are two ways to handle updates of the repository through Smeagol: automatic updating and manual updating.
To setup Smeagol to automatically update your repository in fixed intervals,
simply pass the
--auto-update option in the
smeagol-serve command and Smeagol
will automatically perform a
git pull origin master on your repository once
To perform a manual update, simply go to the
update route, e.g.
and Smeagol will perform a git pull. Of course, change the URL appropriately
for your hostname and port.
Have a great idea for Smeagol? Awesome. Fork the repository and add a feature or fix a bug. There are a couple things I ask:
- Create an appropriately named topic branch that contains your change.
- Please try to provide tests for all code you check in.
Note that Smeagol uses Citron and AE for testing. And admittedly the project is water-falling too much at present. So if you would like to contribute, but don't have any specific request, writing a few tests would be a great help.
Smeagol is distributed under the terms of the BSD-2-Clause license.
- Copyright 2012 Trans, Rubyworks
- Copyright 2009 Ben Johnson
Please see LICENSE.txt file for details.