Capistrano: Managing an uploads folder

I just found a useful Capistrano recipe for keeping user generated content (a.k.a. uploads) persistent between deployments:

EDIT: I would like to extend the script to many folders. Any idea?

Capistrano as my default deployment tool

In the last post (a whiiile ago) I described my Git workflow to deploy my production server. One of the drawbacks was that everytime I pushed changes to the main repo I had to manually log in my Dreamhost shared host via SSH and then: 1) pull changes, 2) migrate database schema, 3) rebuild sphinx index, 4) restart passenger server. I wrote a bash script to get the job done, but it was prone to errors and not elegant, so I decided to give Capistrano a try.

After reading the Getting Started and From the Beginning guides I got a good idea of what to do next. Basically my setup is as follows:

File: benoror@macmini:~/simpleapp/Capfile

File: benoror@macmini:~/simpleapp/config/deploy.rb

So now when I make changes to the code I simply follow this workflow in my local machine:

  1. git add . && git commit -a -m "Commit Msg" && git push
  2. cap deploy
  3. cap deploy:migrate

That's it!

The next step is to setup a staging server, until then see you soon ...

Using Git in Rails production server workflow

In my projects I use Git as part of the deployment process. When I'm developing a new app and it's ready for production first I setup a non-bare repo in the Rails project itself:
benoror@macmini:~/simpleapp $ git init
benoror@macmini:~/simpleapp $ git add .
benoror@macmini:~/simpleapp $ git commit -a -m "First commit"
Then I just zip and copy the project to the production server. After extract it I clone it as a bare repo:
benoror@dreamhost:~ $ git clone --bare simpleapp simpleapp.git
This bare repo will act as the main repo (who said central?). Then I just add a remote origin in my computer:
benoror@macmini:~/simpleapp $ git remote add origin ssh://
I assume you already copied your SSH keys and credentials. The workflow is as follows:

1. When I make changes in my computer just commit and push:
benoror@macmini:~/simpleapp $ git push origin master
2. Then I log into my production server and pull changes in the non-bare repo:
benoror@macmini:~/simpleapp $ ssh
benoror@dreamhost:~ $ cd simpleapp

benoror@dreamhost:~/simpleapp $ git
3. I have automatized the deployment process with a script that pull changes, restart Passenger, migrate db in case of schema has changed and finally re-index Sphinx.