I'm a cyber security analyst with decade-long operational experience. I enjoy solving emerging and existing problems with novel and simple approaches. Turns out not everything new and shiny is better. Feel free to contact me through the Fediverse (@tommy@cybsec.network) or directly e+www \at/ cybsec.network.

New Blog Plan

Written by Tommy, on 19 May 2020.
Tags: #blog

After being off the HTML grid for a while, using Hugo as a static site generator for Gopher. I went tired of the upgrade and complexity issues with publishing new content. It all culminated with Hugo refusing to generate the site at all after the last update.

Because of the Hugo failure I needed to create a new strategy, and not being willing to change to another complex generator system I went hunting for something else.

I am happy with my current backend publishing setup, which uses git and a post-receive hook:

if test -z "${pwd##*.git}"
then repo="$pwd"
else repo="$pwd/.git"

git --work-tree=~/secdiary/content --git-dir=~/secdiary/content.git checkout -f
cd ~/secdiary
rm -r /var/www/secdiary.com/*
rm -r /var/gopher/*
cp -R html/* /var/www/secdiary.com/
cp -R gopher/* /var/gopher/
cp ~/twtxt/content/twtxt.txt /var/www/secdiary.com/
echo "\nBuild: " >> /var/gopher/index.gph
git --git-dir=~/secdiary/content.git log -1 --pretty="%H%n%ci" >> /var/gopher/index.gph

I also publish twtxt messages in a similar way. My twtxt config looks like the following:

nick = tommy
twtfile = ~/twtxt/twtxt.txt
twturl = http://secdiary.com
disclose_identity = False
character_limit = 140
character_warning = 140
post_tweet_hook = "cd ~/twtxt/ && git pull && git add twtxt.txt && git commit -m 'added new tweet' && git push"

In addition to my twtxt feed, I am present on Mastodon, which lead me to Solene’s static site generator cl-yag [1,2]. I decided to generate the site client-side for now, but in the future I’ll likely move this to the server for less complex workflows on my workstations. This also fits me well since I’ll be moving more of my workflow to OpenBSD in the coming months.

The layout of my new site is more or less shamelessly stolen from Solene as well. I plan to customize that to my liking as we go.

And with that I am back in the WWW space, however in a limited format. I am currently reviewing my 50 current posts and will assess what can be of use in the future. This will involve some rewriting as well, since this space will be text-only out of respect for your time.

I also enabled TLS on the site for those that would like to browse privately, opposed to my current Gopher setup. The latter you may find on gopher://secdiary.com.

Feel free to reach out to me in the Fediverse. I’m there as @tommy@cybsec.network.

[1] https://dataswamp.org/solene/2018–10–12-cl-yag-20181012.html
[2] git://bitreich.org/cl-yag