I’m going to want to remember this one day, so here’s a pointer to Rob Wilderson’s Ignore Changes to Tracked Files in Git.
I’m especially going to want to remember the bit about how to find which files I’ve ignored in this way.
I keep forgetting this so for the record, you can use SSH to round trip data out to a remote server and back to your own box. This is most useful for adding latency and bandwidth limitations to a connection when doing website testing. The trick is to use both local and remote port forwards:
ssh -L 9090:localhost:9091 -R 9091:localhost:80 remote.server.com
The -L argument starts listening on port 9090 locally and sends all that traffic to port 9091 on the remote server (the domain name, localhost, is resolved by the remote server so it refers to the remote server, not your local machine). Then the -R argument listens on port 9091 of the remote server and forwards all that traffic back to your machine’s port 80 (here localhost is resolved on your local machine).
You don’t have to use localhost as the domain name. For example, if the site you want to test is deployed on your intranet at testmachine.intranet which remote.server.com doesn’t have access to, you could use:
ssh -L 9090:localhost:9091 -R 9091:testmachine.intranet:80 remote.server.com
Or if the test site is publicly available you can do it all without the -R argument:
ssh -L 9090:testmachine.com:80 remote.server.com
In all these cases, you connect to localhost:9090 to utilise the tunnel.
Note to self: if you ever want to get a simple list of people who have committed to a git repository, the command you want is:
git log --format='%aN <%ae>' | sort -u | uniq
Or for just the e-mail address:
git log --format='%ae' | sort -u | uniq
Or for just the name:
git log --format='%aN' | sort -u | uniq
This is in the help manual but it’s way down the bottom so takes ages to read through to find it.
I’ve always known you could do a lot of programmatic stuff with Amazon but I’ve simultaneously been too lazy to actually look into it in detail and never really needed to. However, I’ve stumbled across instructions for auto-mounting an EBS volume which turns out to be very handy, and leads on to the particularly awesome right_aws ruby gem.
Lots of useful looking stuff for working with EC2, S3 and EBS volumes that I can see me taking a lot more advantage of in the future.