calepin tips

Posted by david marsh on Thu 19 January 2012

I like using calepin; using markdown + dropbox is a great combination.

The below is a few tips on things that I found work well:

setting.json

Needs some work:

{
  "default_date_format": "%Y-%m-%d",
  "google_analytics": "UA-27986535-1"
}

remember to remove the last "," or it doesn't work

footers

I add a footer to my posts like this:

<footer><div class="metadata">...</div></footer>

ads

I add ads to my site like this:

<div style="z-index: 2; position: absolute; right: 10px; top: 165px;">
...
</div>

I need to fix this so it works on mobile sites better.

check

My file naming convention is yyyy-mm-ddTHHMM title.md, so I use this script to check that the title and the date matches between the file name and blog post:

Note: this is a work in progress!

#!/bin/bash

set -e
set -u

blogdir='/home/davidmarsh/Dropbox/blog'

for post in *.md ; do

    ### check dates
    #todo, check for valid dates
    file_date="$(echo "${post}" | cut -d" " -f1)"
    blog_date="$(grep '^Date:' "${post}" | cut -d: -f2- | sed -e 's/^ //' -e 's/ /T/' -e 's/://')"

    if [[ "${file_date:=""}" != "${blog_date:=""}" ]] ; then
        echo
        echo "----------------------------------------"
        echo "dates are different: ${post}"
        echo
        echo "1. file date: ${file_date}"
        echo "2. blog date: ${blog_date}"
        echo
        echo -n "which one is correct [1,2]:"
        read choice
        case ${choice} in
            1)
                #file date is correct
                echo "you chose 1"
                #convert file date to blog format for use later
                new_date="$(echo "${file_date}" | sed -e 's/T/ /')"
                echo "so im gonna change ${blog_date} to ${new_date}"
            ;;
            2)
                #blog date is correct
                echo "you chose 2"
                #convert blog date to file date for use later
                new_date="$(echo "${blog_date}" | sed -e 's/ /T/' -e 's/://')"
                echo "so im gonna change ${file_date} to ${new_date}"
            ;;
            *)
                echo "skipping, doing nothing for ${post}"
            ;;
        esac
    fi


    ### check titles and slugs
    file_title="$(echo "${post}" | cut -d" " -f2- | sed -e 's/\.md$//')"
    blog_title="$(grep '^Title:' "${post}" | cut -d: -f2- | sed -e 's/^ //')"

    if [[ "${file_title:=""}" != "${blog_title:=""}" ]] ; then
        echo
        echo "----------------------------------------"
        echo "titles are different: ${post}"
        echo
        echo "1. file title: ${file_title}"
        echo "2. blog title: ${blog_title}"
        echo
        echo -n "which one is correct [1,2]:"
        read choice
        case ${choice} in
            1)
                #file title is correct
                echo "so im gonna change ${blog_title} to ${new_title}"
            ;;
            2)
                #blog title is correct
                echo "so im gonna change ${file_title} to ${new_title}"
            ;;
            *)
                echo "skipping, doing nothing for ${post}"
            ;;
        esac
    fi

done

#find drafts
echo
echo "----------------------------------------"
echo "drafts:"
for post in "$(grep -l "^Status: " *.md)" ; do
    echo "${post}"
done

publish

I publish using this script:

#!/bin/bash
#copies md and settings files from blog to calepin
#copies /images to /Public/images

set -e
set -u

uname="$(uname)"

if [[ "${uname}" == "Darwin" ]] ; then
    homedir='/Users/davidmarsh'
else
    homedir='/home/davidmarsh'
fi

blogdir="${homedir}/Dropbox/blog"
postdir="${homedir}/Dropbox/Apps/Calepin"
publicdir="${homedir}/Dropbox/Public"

adfile="${blogdir}/z_ad.txt"
footer="${blogdir}/z_footer.txt"

function publish_posts() {
  rm "${postdir}"/*.md
  cp "${blogdir}"/*.md "${postdir}"

  cp "${blogdir}/settings.json" "${postdir}"

  cp -R "${blogdir}/images" "${publicdir}"
}

function append_posts() {
  for post in ${postdir}/*.md ; do
  echo "${post}"
  echo >> "${post}"
  echo "----" >> "${post}"
    for append in "${footer}" "${adfile}" ; do
      echo >> "${post}"
      cat "${append}" >> "${post}"
    done
  done
}

publish_posts
append_posts

if [[ "${uname}" == "Darwin" ]] ; then
    open http://calepin.co/
fi

tags: calepin