Sunnyside-Times User Content Management Command Files

Command files are used to control the processing of website content. They are interpreted by the command processor in sst_utils and control such things as processing docx files, placing photos in the proper directory, etc.

Command Sets

There is one command file in each content directory with the name commands.txt. It is a YAML file containing a series of specifiers for work to be done. There are 3 types of command.txt file - each known as a command_set.

  1. Command_set: top. This command_set is used at the SSTmanagement folder level and identifies the subfolder that contains the content to be processed. It's primary purpose is to determine the actual content folder to be processed thus allowing a variety of other folders (such as backups, ...) to exist without causing confusion. There may actually be multiple command.txt files each with a specific preamble such as "don_" (thus don_commands.txt) to allow multiple users to develop and maintain content without conflicting. The preamble is set as a system enviornment variable ("USER_PREFIX").
  2. Command_set: content. This is a second level command_set which is used to control a number of folders each containing content to be processed. It's primary purpose is to allow the user to select among a group of folders being worked on simultaneously without requiring a lot of folders to appear at top level.
  3. Command_set: story. This is a command_set for an actual folder to be processed presumably resulting in new content being added to the website.

Commands.txt Structure

The commands.txt file is structured as a collection of commands (or command_set at the top), each separated by a line containing "---". The file also begins and ends with this separator. Each command group begins with a command: ("command_set" in the first group). The value following the command gives the specific command to be executed. Additional lines immediately following a command give the parameters to the command and their values. Anything on a line following a # is a comment and is ignored.