With the Rails 3.1 Asset Pipeline, there’s the rake assets:precompile command which precompiles assets into
public/assets along with a
manifest.yml file which rails uses to put the paths to the assets in its templates. Precompiling generates a few files, which can clutter commit logs if they’re committed. For this reason I might add
.gitignore and build them on the server, rather than committing them to git and uploading them. Or, if the server had trouble compiling them, I might precompile them locally, and scp them up rather than committing them to git, because they can make a lot of noise in my git logs.
On Heroku, though, git is the only way to deploy. So if I’m having trouble having heroku precompile them, I need to commit them and push them via git. This could clutter up my commit log.
There is a way around this, though: use a branch! If I create a branch just for heroku, and just commit them to the branch, I can keep my commit logs free of changes to
Here is a sketch of this process:
.gitignoreand commit it
- Create a heroku branch with
git checkout -b heroku
.gitignoreand commit it. This just affects my heroku branch.
RAILS_ENV=production rake assets:precompilethere.
git add .and
git commit -m 'precompile assets'to commit the files to my heroku branch
git push heroku heroku:masterto push my heroku branch to heroku as master (heroku only uses the master branch)
git checkout masterand continue development on my master branch.
A deploy rake script could be used to automate this.
The heroku branch wouldn’t need to be pushed to github, because it doesn’t contain any information that can’t be regenerated. The only reason the history would need to be preserved is so it can be cleanly pushed to the heroku app. Fortunately, if the local repo was lost, it’s possible to pull from the heroku repository. Heroku shouldn’t be used as a place to store git repositories because the lifecycle for a heroku app is often different than that of a repository. For this purpose, though, the usefulness of the old assets commits is tied to the life of the Heroku app so it works out well.