Timesavers with Scripting and Aliases

2 min read · tagged Zsh, scripting, aliases

I had written earlier about using this tutorial regarding subtree pushing in git to make updating my website easier. Well, that ended up breaking everything and causing some really nasty errors which took me a long time to sort out. I reverted back to my usual build and update process, which looks something like this:

  • Write a new post.
  • Build a new version of the site on my “dev” branch.
  • Copy the contents of the “public” folder (containing the new version of my site) to my desktop in a tmp folder.
  • Switch to my master branch, containing the live site code.
  • Delete everything in the master branch and drop

Very slow, and very tedious. The steps above seemed like a good candidate for automation via a bash script, so I decided to give it a go. The script is below:

# Deploy Site Script

echo "Deploy Website Script"
cd ~/_Dev/
`git checkout dev`

# echo "Building new site..."
`gatsby build`

echo "Copying Contents of Public Folder..."
cp -a public/ ~/Desktop/tmp_build

echo "Checking out master branch..."
`git checkout master`

echo "Deleting Old Build..."
rm -r *

echo "Copying over new site..."
cp -a ~/Desktop/tmp_build/* ~/_Dev/


echo "Adding and committing changes..."
`git add . && git commit -m "Fresh build at $timestamp"`

echo "Pushing changes to github..."
`git push origin master`

echo "Cleaning up..."
rm -rf ~/Desktop/tmp_build

echo "Done"

I tested it with a dummy git repo and it ran smoothly. To enable calling it from the terminal, I created a “scripts” folder in my ~/.oh-my-zsh directory and added it to my path. Boom! Automation is great.

Additionally, I took the time to create some git command aliases in my .zshrc file:

alias gc="git clone"
alias co="git checkout"
alias gs="git status"
alias ga="git add"
alias gaa="git add ."
alias gcm="git commit -m"
alias gpo="git push origin"

Simple timesavers. I added a couple aliases for jumping to certain directories, which provides the same functionality as zsh’s jump plugin.

Check out this site if you’re interested with learning more or getting started with dotfiles. A couple hours of research and work will pay dividends down the road.

Avatar of Evan NicholsEvan Nichols Software Engineer and outdoor enthusiast. EngRes @ Google NYC.