grunt-textfile

A grunt task to quickly create text files for text file based blogging.

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grunt-textfile

grunt-textfile

A grunt task to quickly create text files for text file based blogging.

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.1

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-textfile --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:

grunt.loadNpmTasks('grunt-textfile');

The "textfile" task

Overview

In your project's Gruntfile, add a section named textfile to the data object passed into grunt.initConfig().

grunt.initConfig({
  textfile: {
    options: {
      dest: 'content/blog',
      openFile: true
    },
    linkpost: {
      options: {
        template: 'kirby-linkpost.tpl',
        urlFormat: 'PREFIX-SLUG/article.link.txt',
        customVars: {
          foo: 'bar',
          bar: 'baz'
        }
      }
    },
    article: {
      options: {
          template: 'kirby-article.tpl',
          urlFormat: 'PREFIX-SLUG/article.txt'
      }
    }
  }
})

Templates

Store your templates in the templates folder and use the grunt.template and the grunt.option API for placeholders.

Example template:

Title: <%= grunt.option('title') %>
----
Link: <%= grunt.option('link') %>
----
Date: <%= grunt.template.today('yyyy-mm-dd') %>
----
Author: Jean-Luc Picard
----
Foo: <%= foo %>
----
Text:

Options

options.template

Type: String
Default value: 'example.tpl'

options.templateDir

Type: String
Default value: 'templates'

options.templateDir

Destination for the generated file. Needs to be set to the folder in which your text files are stored.
Type: String
Default value: 'tmp'

options.urlDateFormat

In case you need to use the date the name of the generated file, you can change the format with this option.
Type: String
Default value: 'yyyy-mm-dd'

options.urlFormat

Type: String
Default Value: 'PREFIX-SLUG/article.link.txt'

This option lets you set the desired formatting of the filename. There are 3 keywords you can use in here:

// PREFIX is needed for Kirby blogs. It prepends an ascending number to the folder name
// of the folder containing your textfile
'PREFIX'
// This keyword is replaced by the slug generated with the title
'SLUG'
// This keyword is replaced by the date of today
// formatted via options.urlDateFormat
'DATE'

options.openFile

Specify if you want the generated file to opened in an editor.
Type: Boolean
Default Value: false

options.openWith

Specify which editor you want the generated file to be opened with.
Type: String
Default Value: subl

options.customVars

Set some custom variables to use within your template.
Type: Object
No default value

Usage Examples

Kirby Link Post

Gruntfile:
grunt.initConfig({
  textfile: {
    options: {
      dest: 'content/blog',
      openFile: true
    },
    linkpost: {
      options: {
        template: 'kirby-linkpost.tpl',
        urlFormat: 'PREFIX-SLUG/article.link.txt',
        customVars: {
          foo: 'bar'
        }
      }
    }
  },
})
Template:
Title: <%= grunt.option('title') %>
----
Link: <%= grunt.option('link') %>
----
Date: <%= grunt.template.today('yyyy-mm-dd') %>
----
Author: kahlil-lechelt
----
Foo: <%= foo %>
----
Text:
Call:
grunt textfile --link="http://thisisalink.net" --title="This is a title"

Jekyll Post

Gruntfile:
grunt.initConfig({
  textfile: {
    options: {
      dest: '_posts',
      openFile: true
    },
    article: {
      options: {
        template: 'jekyll-article.tpl',
        urlFormat: 'DATE-SLUG.md'
      }
    }
  },
})
Template:
---
Title: <%= grunt.option('title') %>
Date: <%= grunt.template.today('yyyy-mm-dd') %>
Author: kahlil-lechelt
---
Call:
grunt textfile --title="This is a title"

Contributing

In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using Grunt.

To run the tests clone this repo, do npm install and then grunt.

Release History

Only releases with bigger changes will be listed here. Not listed are minor releases only containing small fixes and clean up.

v0.1.7: add 'openFile' and 'openFile' options to open the generated file in an editor.
v0.1.0: initial release.

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