I will explain how to setup a new blog using octopress, deploy it on github and contribute from other place. Let’s check this out.

First Time Setup


  • Install Git and Node.js

On debian system, use apt-get.

$ sudo apt-get install git
$ sudo apt-get install nodejs
  • Install Ruby

We must use version 1.9.3 or higher. To ensure we fulfill this requirement, I prefer to install ruby from source. Download from Ruby official site. The installation process is quite common.

$ tar zxf ruby-2.3.1.tar.gz 
$ cd ruby-2.3.1/
$ ./configure
$ sudo make && make install 
  • Install ExecJS

To run JavaScript code from Ruby.

$ sudo gem install execjs
  • Configure bundle

Another octopress dependency.

$ sudo gem install bundler

After all needed requirements fulfilled, then grab the octopress source code.

$ git clone git://github.com/imathis/octopress.git octopress
$ cd octopress

One more dependency:

$ bundle install

Then install octopress default theme.

$ rake install

Setup process is finished. We can now start to blog using rake newpost[“title”], customize _config.yml, add some pages, customize 404 not found page, using custom domain name and so on.

Deploy on Github

There are some way to deploy octopress, either using rsync or git. In this post, I will explain how to deploy octopress on Github. Create a new Github repository and name the repository with the format username.github.io, where username is your GitHub username or organization name.

Github Pages for users and organizations uses the master branch like the public directory on a web server, serving up the files at your Pages url http://username.github.io. As a result, we will to work on the source for our blog in the source branch and commit the generated content to the master branch. Octopress has a configuration task that helps us set all this up.

$ rake setup_github_pages

The rake task will ask for a URL of the Github repo. Copy the SSH or HTTPS URL from our newly created repository (e.g. [email protected]:username/username.github.io.git) and paste it in as a response.

This will:

  • Ask for and store our Github Pages repository url
  • Rename the remote pointing to imathis/octopress from ‘origin’ to ‘octopress’
  • Add our Github Pages repository as the default origin remote
  • Switch the active branch from master to source
  • Configure our blog’s url according to your repository
  • Setup a master branch in the _deploy directory for deployment

Next run:

$ rake generate
$ rake deploy

This will generate our blog, copy the generated files into _deploy/, add them to git, commit and push them up to the master branch.

Don’t forget to commit the source of our blog.

$ git add .
$ git commit -m 'our message'
$ git push origin source

With new repositories, Github sets the default branch based on the branch we push first, and it looks there for the generated site content. If we’re having trouble getting Github to publish our site, go to the admin panel for our repository and make sure that the master branch is the default branch.

Contribute from Other Place

Sometimes we need to develop our octopress site in other place than we currently in. To do that, we will use the benefit of git.
First, we need to get our site copy:

$ git clone [email protected]:username/username.github.io.git
$ cd username.github.io

Switch to source branch

$ git checkout source

Then do all change on our source, after that run “rake generate” or “rake preview” to compile our source onto public directory. Everything seems to be okay until we need to upload to github.

$ rake deploy
## Deploying branch to Github Pages 
## Pulling any updates from Github Pages 
cd _deploy
rake aborted!
Errno::ENOENT: No such file or directory @ dir_chdir - _deploy
/home/didik/octopress/Rakefile:255:in `block in <top (required)>'
/home/didik/octopress/Rakefile:227:in `block in <top (required)>'
Tasks: TOP => deploy
(See full trace by running task with --trace)

Oops, it’s look like we miss something. We have to make a new _deploy directory and add git initialization to it.

$ mkdir _deploy
$ cd _deploy
$ git init
$ git remote add origin [email protected]:username/username.github.io.git
$ git pull origin master
$ cd ..

That’s all. Now, we can upload using rake deploy as usual.
Until next time.

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