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Octopress, S3, and File Exclusion

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OK, one more quick thing:

I knew from the get-go that I wanted to host this blog on S3, and that I wanted to build it with Octopress. One relatively minor conflict between these two tools, though, is that S3 buckets work well for hosting static sites, but Octopress is built on top of Git, and I was sure I didn’t want to be uploading my Git metadata to S3.

s3_website is the tool I’m using to push my generated site to S3. It has a config option, exclude_from_upload, which enables you to specify one or more regexes to match files to be excluded from S3 uploads.

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems.

Yeah, it turns out that putting the string .git in my excludes list (instead of \.git) broke a variety of things on the site, including but not limited to the following:

  • my GitHub status in the sidebar
  • a post with “GitHub” in the title
  • Disqus comment counts

So yeah, don’t do that.