Since COVID-19 doesn’t seem to go away any time soon, I figured I might as well continue with
#IndieSupportWeeks to show you what I use and can recommend.
A dev tool I use on iOS is Working Copy. Usually, I don’t interact with my project code at all from iOS, but when I do, I check git stuff with this app.
Over the past 10 years or so I’ve tried a couple git clients for light work on mobile, but Working Copy sticked with me ever since I was participating in the TestFlight beta.
For a casual git fan-person, Working Copy’s settings might be a bit overwhelming, but for developers, I think this is a very fine app to browse, search, push and pull, and even commit changes.
Now the “commiting changes from mobile” part in someone’s daily workflow is utterly confusing to me, because I cannot imagine what that’d be like on an iPad, say.
I have edited posts on my website this way to fix typos. That went well. I also used it for light maintenance of Open Source projects. But I haven’t tried to commit to my Swift projects, because I don’t see how editing Swift files without a compiler would be a good idea. Then again it’s not my job to figure out user personas for a mobile git client – I’m here to tell you that if you’re in the market for such a tool, Working Copy is good at that.
The one thing I can testament to is that it works without a hassle, and it works well. That’s not much, but that may also be all you truly care about.
Working Copy is a free download + a $19.99 one-time in-app-purchase to unlock all the features. It also has a 4.9-star rating on the App Store, so, wow!
For about two years now I still use Brett Terpstra’s gitlogger to store my daily git activity in Day One. As of late, it ceased to run properly. Turns out some messages to log contain fancy characters like real apostrophes,
’. To fix this, add the following statement to the launchd configuration script:
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I use Brett Terpstra’s little Ruby script called “gitlogger” to write git commit messages from selected repositories into my Day One journal once a day. My commit messages tend to be a bit longer when I work on projects which really matter. Unfortunately, gitlogger wasn’t intended to handle multi-line commit messages. Every commit message resides in a list item. But if you know Markdown, you’ll know this markup won’t render as expected:
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After CriticMarkup was released with a toolkit including Sublime Text 2 theme and commands, I simply ported the easy stuff to TextMate. Since Sublime Text bundle files are heavily inspired by TextMate (to ensure compatibility with the popular Mac all-purpose editor, I suppose), this wasn’t a very complicated task.
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I put my personal nanoc boilerplate setup on GitHub. Maybe you find the deployment process useful.
I assume you’re public html folder is called
htdocs/ and you can create new folders below your domains folder but outside
I also assume you use my Rakefile: upon
rake build it will checkout the branch ‘deploy’ and put all files from
output/ in there. Uploading from ‘deploy’ to the production server will only copy the HTML output, not the nanoc setup.
Initialize bare production git repository on the server:
git init --bare ~/doms/example.com/git
You’ll want automatic updates when you push to the server. Use git’s own
# add to ~/doms/example.com/git/hooks/post-receive echo "Updating website ..." cd /the/full/path/to/doms/example.com/htdocs || exit unset GIT_DIR git pull origin echo "Update complete."
Make it executable:
chmod +x post-receive
Initialize git repository in
htdocs/. This will point to the bare
repository on the server and check out the current version:
# given you're in ~/doms/example.com/htdocs git init git remote add origin ../git # setup branch to pull from: git config branch.master.remote origin git config branch.master.merge refs/heads/deploy
Setup production server locally:
git remote add production ssh://email@example.com/~/doms/example.com/git/ git remote show production
Commit changes locally and put them on the server:
git commit rake build git push production deploy
You can push all branches via
git push productionto backup your code.
Only the branch ‘deploy’ will be visible to the public.
I once combed this together from various sources: