A Photo Stream Simplified with GitPod

Ugh, is there anything worse than token management? Permissions, scopes, leaks, bleh. Avoiding the cycle of security patches and constant upkeep is a major reason I migrated this blog to gh-pages.

So, it was to my dismay when I set up the aforementioned photo-stream on my blog, as I had to hack it together with two separate repositories. Lame. Every time I attempted to combine the two, I would run into workflow issues (Github only allows token secrets required to push to a repository in private repositories comes to mind.) This is on top of the complication of needing to statically link and compile libvips, preventing us from using GitHub’s built-in Jekyll workflow.

I had been meaning to try out GitPod for a while now (it is free for open source projects after all), and with a bit of time on my hands recently I thought I’d give it a shot as a manual workflow replacement for Github actions.

It works great! I authenticated it to have read/write access to my photo_stream repository, and you can see the dockerfile I’ve created. It’s a fork from the libvips comment section ;)

My workflow is very simple now, easy to do on the run. I simply upload a photo to the originals directory in the photo_stream_backing directory through github (web or client.) Then I launch a GitPod instance, and it regenerates the site and pushes back to the master branch for serving. No need for a backing repo, or any user input. Best of all, I don’t have to worry about key management, that’s still on GitHub.

  • Find Maxvoltar’s original source here ->
  • Find my modified template here and the generated site combined here ->