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Jekyll and Git

I have been using Jekyll for a while now, but all this time I have been generating it on the server, That is, I had had a directory on the server holding the Jekyll files, in which I would run jekyll build to generate the website. Not too streamlined.

Before hosting this weblog on Vultr, I had it on GitHub, and their Pages would do the publishing for me, right after a commit, which was great. Yesterday I decided to implement the same, but on my VPS. This is what I did:

  • Created empty git repository (git init --bare website.git).
  • Cloned it.
  • Added my Jekyll files.
  • Added the following post-receive hook1:
#!/bin/bash -l
GIT_REPOSITORY=/path/to/my/website.git
TMP_GIT_CLONE=/tmp/git/website
WWW_ROOT=/path/to/my/website

git clone $GIT_REPOSITORY $TMP_GIT_CLONE
jekyll build --source $TMP_GIT_CLONE --destination $WWW_ROOT
rm -rf $TMP_GIT_CLONE
exit  

Now a few seconds right after committing, my website will show the changes. Being able to use Atom with markdown-writer to compose entries, and use git to deploy them is a bliss.


  1. Thanks to Matt Harzewski for pointing me to the right path.

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