17 May 2008 —— I’ve grown tired of committing changes to my subversion repository, logging into my server, updating my live checkout, and restarting python processes. I finally decided to implement Capistrano and eliminate this repetition.
Here are my repetitive set of commands:
$ ssh playgroundblues.com $ cd ~/projects/playgroundblues $ svn up $ cd ~/www/playgroundblues.com/www $ touch django.fcgi
Now, with the help of Capistrano, I just type:
$ cap deploy
You’ll first need to install Capistrano which is as simple as
gem install -y capistrano. Once that’s complete you need to create a “capfile” which is where you’ll define your tasks:
task :deploy, :hosts => "firstname.lastname@example.org" do run "cd ~/projects/playgroundblues; svn up; cd ~/www/playgroundblues.com/www/; touch django.fcgi" end
The above will vary depending on your host and directory setup. After you save the above file and as long as you’re in the directory where the capfile resides you can, in the terminal, type
cap deploy and Capistrano does the rest. Bliss.