Nick Hammond

Software Developer, Cyclist, & Traveler.

Simplify Project Specifics

In development, productivity

As I’ve been working on this Jekyll blog a bit more recently I’ve found myself wrapping up the most commonly used commands into scripts.

Update: Github has some great scripts for this too.

The scripts are incredibly simple but it’s just one less thing to remember as I move back and forth on various applications and projects. Instead of trying to remember which commands, configuration, and exact execution I can just rely on a simple script. If something is broken then I fix it once and commit the newly working version. Here are some of the ones I’m using for Jekyll currently.


When I’m ready to deploy it’s just a simple bin/deploy and my site’s live. I used to host this blog on Heroku and go through the full git push deployment which takes quite a bit of time. I’ve really been enjoying a simpler hosting setup by just building the site and rsync'ing it up to the host(deploying this post took 1.4 seconds).

#! /bin/sh

bundle exec jekyll build
rsync -va --delete-after _site/


When I’m working on a draft that I’m not ready to publish yet I can utilize my drafts command. This just boots Jekyll’s server with the drafts flag.

#! /bin/sh

bundle exec jekyll serve --drafts


And the even simpler bin/server command which renders the fully published blog as it will appear on the server.

#! /bin/sh

bundle exec jekyll serve


Where I find it really comes in handy when you start mixing in Octopress & Jekyll. I no longer have to keep track of which commands still reside in Octopress and which ones are part of Jekyll, it’s just a simple abstraction.

#! /bin/sh

bundle exec octopress publish $*

They’re all incredibly simple commands but it’s just a simple way to get the tools out of your way and focus on the work.

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