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Travis build branch for github pages

Hilton Meyer
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Originally published at hiltonmeyer.com on ・1 min read

In my article of automating my build process for a hosted server I was using the default of gh-pages branch. This is the vanilla out of the box branch used by Travis-CI. The issue is that this should be a clean branch because I was getting emails about issues with the build of the github.io page:

[bikingbadger/hiltonmeyer.com] Page build failure

The page build failed for the `gh-pages` branch with the following error

The tag `set` on line 14 in `feed.njk` is not a recognized Liquid tag

The error was that is was still looking at the nunjucks files so this was causing me some issues. Again I was using this branch as a hack to get around Travis being able to build the site for me and then I could clone it onto the hosted server. I don't like getting junk emails so looked into it a bit and found that I could simply give another target branch if I didn't want to use the default. I added the target_branch to parameter and it worked like a charm. This is the currently setup:

language: node_js
node_js:
  - 12
before_script:
  - npm install
script: npm run build
branches:
  except:
    - gh-pages
branches:
  only:
    - master    
sudo: false
os:
  - linux
deploy:
  provider: pages
  skip_cleanup: true
  github_token: $GITHUB_TOKEN # Set in the settings page of your repository, as a secure variable
  keep_history: true
  target_branch: prod
  on:
    branch: master

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