This is the source for some text which can be found here:
…which is probably the best place to read it.
I attempt to keep a notebook about the technical problems I encounter and solve (or attempt to solve), the research I conduct along the way, and the patterns or general principles I try to extract from my work.
This is mostly just some Markdown files and a handful of scripts. Chapters are
listed in a file called
chapters; each chapter is a directory containing an
index.md and any supplemental files. These are pushed through
and concatenated with
footer.html. For convenience, this is
handled by a basic
$ make cat chapters | xargs ./render.pl | cat header.html - footer.html > index.html
render.pl wraps up a library called
Text::Markdown::Discount, which in turn
wraps up the Discount Markdown parser. Aside from this, it also generates a
table of contents and expands code of the form
<!-- exec --> $ [some command] <!-- end -->
to include the output of the command executed in the directory containing the rendered file, which is how most of the example commands in the text are rendered. In keeping with long tradition, this is done with cheeseball regex substitution. Be aware that, by running make, you are implicitly trusting most of the commands found in the text to run on your system. This is no weirder than the level of trust extended to most any build process, but I don’t want it to catch anyone by surprise.
There’s also a
links.md, which should contain all links to external
To build the whole thing without errors, you’d need to be on a system with a
couple of external repos, Bash and the GNU coreutils, and miscellaneous
w3m). A recent Debian or some derivative would probably work best. One of
these days I’ll wrap up all the dependencies in a package.
Brennen Bearnes (p1k3.com / @brennen)