- Where can I get help?
- Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or join our discussion list and ask for help there.
- What if I can’t wait?
make workshop-checkto run the workshop homepage checking program on
- Where can I report problems or suggest improvements?
- Please file an issue against https://github.com/carpentries/workshop-template or mail us.
- Why does the workshop repository have to be created by importing rather than forking?
- Because any particular user can only have one fork of a repository, but instructors frequently need to work on several workshops at once.
- Why do I have to be logged in before I start the import?
- It’s a known issue with GitHub’s importer.
- Why does the workshop repository name have to follow the
- This makes it easy for coordinators to track workshops.
There are plans to move that coordination into AMY,
but until that happens this pattern makes it easy to sort workshops
by date without requiring an additional start-date column.
YYYY-MM-DDshould be the start date of the workshop.
- Why use the
gh-pagesbranch instead of
- Because GitHub automatically publishes
gh-pagesas a website.
- Why use Jekyll? Why not some other markup language and some other converter?
- Because it’s the only tool supported by GitHub Pages.
- Where should pages go if multiple workshops are running at a site simultaneously?
- Use subdirectories like
2015-07-01-esu/beginners, so that repository names always follow our four-part convention.
- What if I want to add more values to
address2for different rooms on different days?
- Go ahead, but you must have the variables described in the customization instructions.
- What is the “Windows installer”?
- We have built a small installation helper for Windows that installs nano and SQLite, adds R to the path, and so on. It is maintained in https://github.com/swcarpentry/windows-installer which also has an up-to-date description of what it actually does. The latest version is always available at http://files.software-carpentry.org/SWCarpentryInstaller.exe, and contributions are always welcome.
- Help, my website is not updating!
- Ensure that strings in the header of
index.htmlare enclosed in quotations
". Special characters such as
"&"may render correctly on your local machine but cause rendering to fail silently on GitHub.
- Eventbrite registration isn’t showing up on the workshop’s home page.
- First check that you have something like:
in the YAML header of
index.html. If the YAML header is set properly you may be accessing
file:///home/to/workshop/directory/_site/index.htmldirectly. Instead, please run
$ make serve
and look at
http://localhost:4000in your browser (or push your changes to GitHub and view your page there).
- What do I do if I see a
invalid byte sequence in ...error when I run
- Your computer is telling you that it doesn’t understand some of the characters you’re using.
Declare your locale to be
en_US.UTF-8in your shell:
$ export LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8 $ export LANG=en_US.UTF-8
- What do I do if I get a “can’t convert nil into String” error?
- On some Linux distributions (e.g, Ubuntu 14.04), you may get this error:
$ ./tools/preview /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rubygems/custom_require.rb:36:in `require': iconv will be deprecated in the future, use String#encode instead. /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/time.rb:265:in `_parse': can't convert nil into String (TypeError) from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/time.rb:265:in `parse' from /usr/bin/jekyll:95:in `block (2 levels) in <main>' from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/optparse.rb:1391:in `call' from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/optparse.rb:1391:in `block in parse_in_order' from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/optparse.rb:1347:in `catch' from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/optparse.rb:1347:in `parse_in_order' from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/optparse.rb:1341:in `order!' from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/optparse.rb:1432:in `permute!' from /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/optparse.rb:1453:in `parse!' from /usr/bin/jekyll:137:in `<main>'
This occurs because you are using an old version of Jekyll located in
/usr/bin. Make sure that you have installed Jekyll using:
$ gem install jekyll
This installs Jekyll in
/usr/local/bin, so make sure this directory comes before
PATHenvironment variable. When your path is set correctly, you should see:
$ which jekyll /usr/local/bin/jekyll
You may also have to install the
$ sudo apt-get install nodejs
For more information, see http://michaelchelen.net/81fa/install-jekyll-2-ubuntu-14-04/.