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Preparation

Follow the Jekyll Docs to complete the installtion of basic environment (Ruby, RubyGem, Bundler and Jekyll). In addition, to use the funny script tools, we also need to install Python(version 3.5 or abover), ruamel.yaml and fswatch.

Next, fork Chirpy and then clone the replicated repository locally.

Install Jekyll plugins

Go to root directory of the repository and run the following:

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$ bundle install

bundle will install all the dependent Jekyll Plugins listed in file Gemfile automatically.

File structure

The main files and related brief introductions are listed below.

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jekyll-theme-chirpy/
├── _data
├── _includes      
├── _layouts
├── _posts          # posts stay here
├── _scripts
├── assets      
├── tabs
│   └── about.md    # the ABOUT page
├── .gitignore
├── .travis.yml     # remove it
├── 404.html
├── Gemfile
├── LICENSE
├── README.md
├── _config.yml     # configuration file
├── build.sh        # script tool
├── run.sh          # script tool
├── init.sh         # script tool
├── pv.sh           
├── feed.xml
├── index.html
├── robots.txt
├── search.json
└── sitemap.xml

Configuration

Customize the variables in file _config.yml as needed.

Atom Feed

The Atom feed url of your site will be:

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<SITE_URL>/feed.xml

The SITE_URL was defined by variable url in file _config.yml.

Run locally

You may want to preview the site before publishing, so just run the script tool:

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$ bash run.sh

Note: Because the Recent Update required the latest git-log date of posts, so make sure the changes of _posts have been committed before running this command.

Open a brower and visit http://127.0.0.1:4000

Deploying to GitHub Pages

Before the deployment begins, ensure the url in _config.yml has been set to https://<username>.github.io.

Option 1: Built by GitHub Pages

By deploying your site in this way, you can push the source code to GitHub repository directly.

Note: If you want to add any third-party Jekyll plugins or custom scripts to your project, please refer to Option 2: Build locally.

1. Rename your repository as <username>.github.io.

2. Commit the changes of your repository, then run the initialization script:

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$ bash init.sh

It will automatically generates the Latest Modified Date and Categories / Tags page for the posts.

3. Push the changes to origin/master then go to GitHub website and enable GitHub Pages service for the repository <username>.github.io.

4. Visit https://<username>.github.io and enjoy.

Option 2: Build locally

For security reasons, GitHub Pages runs on safe mode, which means the third-party Jekyll plugins or custom scripts will not work. If you want to use any another third-party Jekyll plugins, your have to build locally rather than on GitHub Pages.

1. On GitHub website, create a brand new repository with name <username>.github.io and then clone it locally.

2. Build your site by:

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$ bash build.sh -d /path/to/<username>.github.io/

The build results will be stored in the root directory of <username>.github.io and don’t forget to push the changes of <username>.github.io to branch master on GitHub.

3. Go to GitHub website and enable GitHub Pages service for the new repository <username>.github.io.

4. Visit https://<username>.github.io and enjoy.

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