pft - Man Page
Hacker friendly static blog generator
pft <command> [options]
PFT It is a static website generator written in Perl. PFT stands for Plain F. Text, where the meaning of F is up to personal interpretation. Like Fancy or Fantastic.
Static means that your content is compiled once and the result can be served by a simple HTTP server, without need of server-side dynamic content generation. Actually it doesn't need a server either: you can use it as note-taking application and browse trough your local files.
PFT is designed to be Hacker Friendly: it's a command-line application with unicode support, which handles your website's boilerplate, but stays out of the way. It comes with number of subcommands:
- init: Initialize a pft site in the current directory;
- edit: Create a content text (e.g. page or blog entry);
- make: Build the website;
- gen-rss: Generate RSS feed XML;
- pub: Publish the website;
- clean: Clear built tree;
- grab: Grab a file as attachment or picture;
- ls: List content and properties;
- show: Show the compiled site in a web browser;
- help: Show this manual.
The manual of each sub-command is available in form of manpages or by invoking it with the
A new site can be initialized by running the
pft init command inside a directory. In this document such directory will be called ROOT.
The initialization command produces the following filesystem structure:
ROOT |-- pft.yaml - Configuration file |-- content | |-- attachments - Location for attachments | |-- blog - Root location for blog entries source files | |-- pages - Location for pages source files | |-- pics - Location for pictures lookup | `-- tags - Location for tag pages source files |-- build - Location of the built website |-- inject - Content to bulk inject the online site root `-- templates - Location for templates
pft.yaml: configuration file
The configuration file is created automatically by the pft-init(1) command, and populated with sensible defaults. It is expected to be in YAML format. For more information consult the manual of
content: files generated by the user
This is where your content is stored. The pft-edit(1) and pft-grab(1) commands will add text and binary files respectively in the appropriate subdirectories. The pft-make(1) command will scan the
content directory while building the website.
build: where the built website is placed
The pft-make(1) command will place the HTML pages resulting from the compilation in this directory. The pft-pub(1) command will publish what here is contained. The pft-clean(1) command will erase it.
inject: a place for auxiliary files
It's common practice to add files in the root directory of your online website. The pft-make(1) command will add any arbitrary file which is found in the
inject directory to the
build directory after compilation.
A good use case for this feature is the
.htaccess file used by the Apache webserver.
templates: HTML templates for compilation
Each text entry in your
content directory will be mapped by pft-make(1) to an HTML file. The output is created by expanding the content into the structure defined by a template file.
Multiple template files can be stored in the
template directory. Some default files installed by pft-init(1).
Among other things, the
pft.yaml configuration defines which default template page should be used for the site. Single content entries can override this setting by declaring a different template name in their header. More details about the header can be found in the pft-edit(1) manual page. Templates are documented in the pft-make(1) manual page.
pft-clean(1), pft-edit(1), pft-gen-rss(1), pft-grab(1), pft-help(1), pft-init(1), pft-ls(1), pft-make(1), pft-pub(1), pft-show(1)
pft-gen-rss(1), pft-init(1), pft-ls(1), pft-make(1), pft-pub(1).