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Automating deployment

September 29th, 2006

I’m a great believer in automating time consuming tasks. Since deploying my rails application (the Forlorn Hope movie site I told you about in my last post) has become increasingly painful I decided to automate it. Today I succeeded. It is not a simple task for someone who’s knowledge in Unix server administration is limited, but I made it! I’m finally there.

The basic ingredient is Capistrano, a rails/rake extension designed to automate the deployment of rails applications (although not restricted to that). I may do a write up some day but for now I will just enjoy my newly won ease of deployment. You know: change a little bit here – DEPLOY! – change a little bit there – DEPLOY! Wah, I love it!

If you don’t want to wait for my write up there are plenty of information on the Internet to get you started. Be prepared for extensive tweaking though.

Installing a rails application at TextDrive
Lighttpd the painless way
You need to install the subversion client
How to deploy your first rails application using Capistrano in Windows
Shovel – Rails deployment with Lighttpd

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