lunes, noviembre 19, 2018

Continuous Documentation with Antora and Travis

Antora is a documentation pipeline that enables docs, product, and engineering teams to create, manage, remix, and publish documentation sites composed in AsciiDoc and sourced from multiple versioned content repositories.

You can see several examples out there from Couchbase documentation to Fedora documentation. And of course, Antora documentation is used to generate Antora documentation. You can see it here.

So basically we have our project with documents in adoc format. Then what we want is regenerating the documentation every time a PR is merged to master.

In our project, we are using Travis-CI as CI server, so I am going to show you how we have done.

First of all, you need to create a .travis.yml file on the root of your project.


First, we define what we want to use. In this case docker and git.

Then in before_install section, we are detecting if we need to regenerate documentation or not.

Basically, we are going to generate documentation in two conditions:

  1. If commit message contains the word doc, then docs should be regenerated.
  2. If you have modified an adoc file from the documentation folder (or README.adoc) and the branch is master, then the docs should be regenerated.
If any of these conditions are met, then we configure git client with user, email and token to be used for pushing the generated documentation. Notice that this information comes from environment variable defined in Travis console. Also, it is important to note that the documentation should be generated in gh-pages branch (since we are releasing to GitHub pages). For this reason, we are using git worktree which checkouts the gh-pages branch in gh-pages directory.

Then in script section, we are just using Antora docker image to render documentation.

Finally, we just need to enter into gh-pages directory, create a .nojekyll file to avoid Git Hub Pages thinks that this is a Jekyll site, and finally push the changes.

And then for PR merged, the documentation is automatically regenerated and published.

Important: This script is based on one done previously by Bartosz Majsak (@majson) for Asciidoctor. My task has been only adapting it to use Antora.

We keep learning,
Alex.

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