Jake Worth

FileUtils For All

Published: October 01, 2015 2 min read

  • ruby

A step in the Ruby deploy scripts for one of my projects shells out as such: rm -rf build/assets/ui. This prevents all design artifacts from going out with the production push. Pretty cool, right?

The problem comes when a Windows developer joins the project. Windows does not have rm, so that developer can’t deploy. We want to include everybody, even Windows devs!

Ruby’s FileUtils library to the rescue:

FileUtils.rm_rf(‘build/assets/ui’)

This library includes many Ruby methods that mimic Unix terminal commands.

http://ruby-doc.org/stdlib-2.2.3/libdoc/fileutils/rdoc/FileUtils.html

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