Automate, Automate, Automate
Hoe is a library that bundles ready-to-use rake tasks to help you build, package and publish your own gems. Thanks to Ryan Davis and friends (from Seattle.rb) for polishing the gem all those years - more than 100+ releases - leading to today’s version 3.16.
Let’s create a bare bones gem (
hellohoe) and publish it on RubyGems.org.
To use Hoe together with your own code use the following structure:
/hellohoe + README.txt - Description in plain text + History.txt - Version change log in plain text + Manifest.txt - List of all files to include in plain text + Rakefile - Build script (requires your name and email) + /lib + hellohoe.rb - Ruby code to bundle up into gem here
Note: You can grab all files from this post from the
hellohoe GitHub repo.
Let’s look at
class HelloHoe VERSION = '0.1.0' # your code here end
Hoe requires a
VERSION string in your Ruby code that you can reference in your build script.
Let’s look at the build script, that is,
require 'hoe' # pull in the hoe machinery (that is, ready-to-use rake tasks) require './lib/hellohoe.rb' Hoe.spec 'hellohoe' do self.version = HelloHoe::VERSION self.author = '[Your Name Here]' self.email = '[Your Email Here]' # or use shortcut # self.developer( '[Your Name Here]', '[Your Email Here]' ) end
As a minimum Hoe requires you to set the
developer method to set it all at once.
Next Hoe requires a readme in plain text stored in
= hellohoe * https://github.com/planetruby/hellohoe == DESCRIPTION: Sample on how to use Hoe Rake tasks to build, package and publish gems. == LICENSE: The hellohoe sources are dedicated to the public domain.
Hoe will use the link from the first section, that is,
to auto-fill the
homepage field in the gemspec and will use the description to
summary field and the
description in the gemspec.
Next Hoe requires a version changelog in plain text stored in
=== 0.1.0 / 2018-01-08 * Everything is new. First release.
Hoe will use the changelog to auto-fill the
changes field in the gemspec
and use the changelog for emails and announcements.
Finally, Hoe requires a manifest - a list of all files to include in plain text stored in
History.txt Manifest.txt README.txt Rakefile lib/hellohoe.rb
Now you’re all set to use Hoe’s rake tasks to build, package and publish gems and more.
You can list all tasks by running
rake -T. Resulting in:
rake announce # publish # Announce your release. rake audit # test # Run ZenTest against the package. rake check_extra_deps # deps # Install missing dependencies. rake check_manifest # debug # Verify the manifest. rake clean # clean # Clean up all the extras. rake clobber_docs # publish # Remove RDoc files rake clobber_package # package # Remove package products rake config_hoe # debug # Create a fresh ~/.hoerc file. rake dcov # publish # Generate rdoc coverage report rake debug_email # publish # Generate email announcement file. rake debug_gem # debug # Show information about the gem. rake default # test # Run the default task(s). rake deps:email # deps # Print a contact list for gems dependent on this gem rake deps:fetch # deps # Fetch all the dependent gems of this gem into tarballs rake deps:list # deps # List all the dependent gems of this gem rake docs # publish # Generate rdoc rake gem # package # Build the gem file hellohoe-0.1.gem rake generate_key # signing # Generate a key for signing your gems. rake install_gem # package # Install the package as a gem. rake install_plugins # deps # Install missing plugins. rake newb # newb # Install deps, generate docs, run tests/specs. rake package # package # Build all the packages rake post_blog # publish # Post announcement to blog. rake publish_docs # publish # Publish RDoc to wherever you want. rake release # package # Package and upload; Requires VERSION=x.y.z (optional PRE=a.1) rake release_sanity # package # Sanity checks for release rake release_to_gemcutter # gemcutter # Push gem to gemcutter. rake repackage # package # Force a rebuild of the package files rake ridocs # publish # Generate ri locally for testing.
Let’s try some Hoe tasks. Run
rake debug_gem to show the gemspec Hoe generates
from your build script settings, readme, change log and manifest.
Next, let’s build the gem. Run
rake gem. Resulting in:
mkdir -p pkg Successfully built RubyGem Name: hellohoe Version: 0.1.0 File: hellohoe-0.1.0.gem mv hellohoe-0.1.0.gem pkg/hellohoe-0.1.0.gem
Hoe will place your gem in the
pkg folder. If you run
rake package Hoe
will bundle up all your sources in a tar’ed and gzipped package
Next, let’s test drive the gem. Run
rake install_gem to install
the gem and try it in the Ruby console:
$ irb >> require 'hellohoe' => true >> HelloHoe::VERSION => "0.1.0"
Hoe includes a
that lets you check the manifest against your files and see
if any files are missing or need to get added.
If you run the task the first time you need to create a
~/.hoerc setting file
first that includes a regex (regular expression) pattern that excludes files
from the manifest check. To create a new
~/.hoerc file run
Resulting in a file such as:
--- exclude: !ruby/regexp /tmp$|CVS|TAGS|\.(svn|git|DS_Store)/ signing_key_file: ~/.gem/gem-private_key.pem signing_cert_file: ~/.gem/gem-public_cert.pem publish_on_announce: true blogs: - user: user password: password url: url blog_id: blog_id extra_headers: mt_convert_breaks: markdown
Now let’s try
rake check_manifest. If everything is in order (no files missing or waiting to get added).
You will see:
rm -r doc rm -r pkg rm Manifest.tmp
Let’s create a new
Todo.txt file and let’s retry
Now you will see a diff:
@@ -2,4 +2,5 @@ Manifest.txt README.txt Rakefile +Todo.txt lib/hellohoe.rb
releasetask to upload (push) your gem to RubyGems.org
Next, let’s upload (push) the gem to RubyGems.org using the
Before you can upload to RubyGems.org you will need to setup an account and save your RubyGems.org API key on your computer. Issue the command to store your RubyGems.org API key on your computer (only needed the first time):
$ curl -u carlos https://rubygems.org/api/v1/api_key.yaml > ~/.gem/credentials
Now you’re ready to use
hoe to upload (push) your gem to RubyGems.org
without requiring to enter a user and password.
Run the command
rake release and pass along the required release version. Example:
$ rake release VERSION=0.1.0
Check your RubyGems.org project page (e.g.
rubygems.org/gems/hellohoe) if it all worked.
Note, that it will take a minute or more until your uploaded gem gets added to the public RubyGems index.
You can check if your gem is available using the
list command with the
-r (remote) switch.
$ gem list hellohoe -r *** REMOTE GEMS *** hellohoe (0.1.0)
Ryan Davis writes: The easiest way to get started with hoe is to use its included command-line tool
$ sow hellohoe
That will create a new directory
hellohoe with a skeletal project inside. You need to edit the
Rakefile with developer information in order to meet the minimum requirements of a working gemspec.
You should also go fix all the things it points out as being labeled with
FIX in the
(Source: Hoe PDF Booklet; 6 Pages)