Download Files with Ruby

Feb 17, 2010  -  Comments

This weekend, I remembered an old podcast I used to listen to that I wanted to hear again. It wasn't available on iTunes anymore, so I did a Google search for it. I found the show's Web site, and saw that they had a complete archive of all four seasons of the podcast (20 episodes per season). The problem was, each episode was on it's own page, with a separate page to access the download link. I started to manually try to download each episode, but that got old REALLY quickly. Why not write a simple script to do the work for me?

Here's the Ruby script I whipped up in about 15 minutes:

require 'net/http'

1.upto(4) do |season|
  1.upto(20) do |episode|
    episode = '%02d' % episode
    puts "Downloading Season ##{season}, Episode ##{episode}"
    Net::HTTP.start("website.com") do |http|
      resp = http.get("/episode_archive/s#{season}ep#{episode}.mp3")
      open("s#{season}ep#{episode}.mp3", "w") do |file|
    puts "Episode downloaded!"

puts "All files downloaded!!"

An explanation of what's going on here:

Lines #3-4: There are 4 seasons and 20 episodes per season, so iterate through them.
Line #5: We need to left pad the episode numbers, because that's how the files are named.
Line #7: Connect to the host.
Line #8: Get the episode (named like "s1ep05.mp3").
Lines #9-11: Save the file using the same name.

Tagged: rubyscript

Deploy Sinatra Application with Capistrano

May 25, 2010  -  Comments

Step 0: Vendor the sinatra gem (optional).

  mkdir vendor
  cd vendor
  gem unpack sinatra
  mv sinatra-* sinatra

Step 1. Create a config.ru Rack file in your project's root directory.

  require 'rubygems'
  require 'vendor/sinatra/lib/sinatra.rb'

  set :public, File.expand_path(File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/public/index.html') # Include your public folder
  set :views, File.expand_path(File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/views')  # Include the views
  set :environment, :production

  disable :run, :reload

  require 'app_file' # replace this with your sinatra app file
  run Sinatra::Application

Step 2. Create a Capistrano deploy file.

This file should live at config/deploy.rb.

  set :domain, "yourdomain.com"
  set :application, "app_name"
  set :deploy_to, "/var/www/apps/#{domain}"

  set :user, "your_deploy_user"
  set :use_sudo, false

  set :scm, :git
  set :repository,  "git@github.com:you/application.git"
  set :branch, 'master'
  set :git_shallow_clone, 1

  role :web, domain
  role :app, domain
  role :db,  domain, :primary => true

  set :deploy_via, :remote_cache

  namespace :deploy do
    task :start do ; end
    task :stop do ; end
    # Assumes you are using Passenger
    task :restart, :roles => :app, :except => { :no_release => true } do
      run "#{try_sudo} touch #{File.join(current_path,'tmp','restart.txt')}"

    task :finalize_update, :except => { :no_release => true } do
      run "chmod -R g+w #{latest_release}" if fetch(:group_writable, true)

      # mkdir -p is making sure that the directories are there for some SCM's that don't save empty folders
      run <<-CMD
        rm -rf #{latest_release}/log &&
        mkdir -p #{latest_release}/public &&
        mkdir -p #{latest_release}/tmp &&
        ln -s #{shared_path}/log #{latest_release}/log

      if fetch(:normalize_asset_timestamps, true)
        stamp = Time.now.utc.strftime("%Y%m%d%H%M.%S")
        asset_paths = %w(images css).map { |p| "#{latest_release}/public/#{p}" }.join(" ")
        run "find #{asset_paths} -exec touch -t #{stamp} {} ';'; true", :env => { "TZ" => "UTC" }

Step 3: Deploy the app.

  cap deploy:setup
  cap deploy

Step 4: Get a beer, you're done!

Tagged: capistranosinatra