Last week Engine Yard released a CLI for their Engine Yard AppCloud. Delights such as:
ey deploy ey rebuild ey logs ey ssh
They simultaneously released a TextMate bundle to deploy, rebuild, view logs, etc using Ctrl+Alt+Cmd+E. Like all TextMate bundles, you can install it in one of two ways: via git (see the README), or via a beautiful DMG. Download it here!
Yes indeed, TextMate bundles can now be packaged up and distributed via DMGs using ChocTop!
For example, the Ruby on Rails.tmbundle using a simple purple theme.
First, the Engine Yard tmbundle
To use the Engine Yard tmbundle, you first need to install and use the CLI once. Instructions at the bottom of the information page.
How to package a TextMate bundle into a DMG
ChocTop is a packaging and distribution tool originally designed only for Cocoa applications, but can now package any assets, URL links, or even the whole project folder itself. This makes it ideal for packaging TextMate bundles which have no compiled/built output to distribute (like a Cocoa application), rather the project folder itself is the distributed item (the
Engine Yard.tmbundle folder in this case).
Everything is added into your TextMate bundle project. For example, with the EngineYard bundle:
gem install choctop cd Library/Application\ Support/TextMate/Bundles/Engine\ Yard.tmbundle install_choctop . --tmbundle
If your tmbundle already has a Rakefile, then don’t overwrite it. Instead, inside the Rakefile, add the ChocTop configuration:
require "choctop" ChocTop::Configuration.new do |s| s.add_root :position => [290, 200], :exclude => %w[appcast build .bundle .git] s.add_link 'http://github.com/engineyard/engineyard.tmbundle', 'GitHub', :position => [520, 200] s.defaults :textmate end
For TextMate bundles the DMG magic is from the
s.add_root line. The resulting DMG will include the entire project as a folder/bundle. For example, you’ll want to exclude
.bundle (if you’re using Bundler), and
s.defaults :textmate provides a generic background and volume icon for a TextMate bundle DMG. See below for customising the background and volume icons. The
:position coordinates above are for the generic background.
Building your DMG
To build your DMG and then view it in Finder:
rake dmg open appcast/build/*.dmg # or together rake dmg[automount]
You can now share the DMG file. See below for how to upload it to a server.
In future, it would be great to use Sparkle’s auto-update mechanism (as seen in nearly every Cocoa application). ChocTop will automatically generate the required XML feed; TextMate nor the bundle has a way to ask Sparkle to poll for it nor update itself, yet.
But, you can start versioning your DMGs today:
$ rake version:current 0.0.0 $ rake version:bump:major $ rake version:current 1.0.0 $ rake dmg
The DMG will now have a version number.
Uploading new DMG versions
The original ChocTop was designed for Cocoa applications and included Sparkle support so your Cocoa applications automatically updated themselves when you built and uploaded a new version. I haven’t got a solution for this for TextMate bundles yet; but it seems like a good idea for the future.
Nonetheless, ChocTop still includes a
rake upload task to ship new versions of your DMG to a server somewhere.
In your Rakefile, add the following config lines to the ChocTop block:
s.base_url = 'http://some.host.com/upload/folder' s.remote_dir = '/path/to/upload/folder' s.host = 'some.host.com' s.user = 'remote-user'
s.base_url is the URL from where the DMG file will be found by users. Later, when I figure out how to do auto-updating of the TextMate bundles, it will also use this URL. This URL is also used to determine the host for uploading the file.
s.remote_dir is a path on the target server that maps to the
base_url. This folder must already exist; rsync cannot create it as far as I can tell. So
ssh into the machine and
mkdir -p /path/to/upload/folder
The latter two are optional:
s.host is derived from
s.user defaults to your current local user.
To upload the latest DMG, run:
You can now share the URL
http://some.host.com/upload/folder for people to download the DMG. A small PHP script redirects from the folder path to the DMG filename.
ChocTop allows you to customise nearly everything.
s.defaults :textmate line is similar to the following configuration:
s.background_file = "...choctop/assets/textmate_background.jpg" s.volume_icon = "...choctop/assets/textmate_volume.icns" s.icon_size = 104 s.icon_text_size = 12
For TextMate bundles, perhaps put customised assets into a
A background image should include blank space for the large YourBundle.tmbundle icon and webloc URL file to your GitHub project (or other target URLs). There are no size constraints on the background image. Design something beautiful.
The volume icon is an
icns file. You create this using OS X’s Icon Composer application. Start with a transparent
png file and drop it into the box with the corresponding size.
For the Engine Yard tmbundle, the following configuration is used:
s.background_file = 'Support/dmg/engineyard.tmbundle.dmg.png' s.volume_icon = 'Support/dmg/engineyard.dmg.icns'
If there are other files you explicitly want bundled in the DMG, say a pretty README.html or a folder of documentation, then you can specify them:
s.add_file 'README.html', :position => [50, 100] s.add_file 'docs', :position => [100, 100], :name => 'Documentation'
ChocTop is pretty cool for bundling any set of files into a custom DMG, especially Cocoa applications and now TextMate bundles.
Hopefully one day we can have Sparkle auto-updates for TextMate bundles too.
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