While developing new features or bug fixes Booko, I usually work in branches. This makes keeping things separate easy, and means I can easily keep the current production version clean and easy to find. But when changing branches I often have to restart the rails server and the price grabber to pickup any changes. For example, if I’m adding a new shop in a branch, when I switch branches I want the price grabber to restart.
Turns out git makes this super easy. You just create a shell script: .git/hooks/post-checkout
That script gets called after checkout. So, mine is pretty simple:
./bin/fetch_price.rb 0 restart;
There’s probably a better way to get Thin to reload itself, but this works nicely.
You can checkout all the hooks here: http://www.kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/docs/v220.127.116.11/hooks.html