Jekyll blog on Amazon S3

February 13, 2015

I've converted my blog from WordPress to Jekyll. Here is some note on what I did to set it up on my Arch Linux computer.

Setting up the working environment

Use WordPress admin tool to export the blog content to XML file, then install:

gem install jekyll-import --pre
gem install hpricot

After that, import the XML file:

ruby -rubygems -e 'require "jekyll-import";{
      "source" => "wordpress-everbot.xml",
      "no_fetch_images" => false,
      "assets_folder" => "assets"

Installing Ruby gem bundler

gem install bundler
Fetching: bundler-1.8.0.gem (100%)
WARNING:  You don't have /home/squallltt/.gem/ruby/2.2.0/bin in your PATH,
          gem executables will not run.
Successfully installed bundler-1.8.0
Parsing documentation for bundler-1.8.0
Installing ri documentation for bundler-1.8.0
Done installing documentation for bundler after 2 seconds
1 gem installed

Create Gemfile with the following content:

source ''

gem 'jekyll'
gem 'coderay'
gem 'sass'
gem 'octopress', '~> 3.0.0.rc.12'
gem 'jekyll-sitemap'

Then install the gems

bundle install --path vendor/bundle

Install nodejs:

sudo pacman -S nodejs

After that, generate static pages and start the server:

bundle exec jekyll serve

Once the server started, the result website can be accessed at http://localhost:4000/ or

If you receive the following error

FATAL: Listen error: unable to monitor directories for changes.
Visit for info on how to fix this.
jekyll 2.4.0 | Error:  FATAL: Listen error: unable to monitor directories for changes.
Visit for info on how to fix this.

then execute the below command to fix it:

sudo sysctl fs.inotify.max_user_watches=1000000

To see the list of installed gems:

gem list

Easy deployment with s3cmd

To easily deploy the static website to my Amazon Simple Storage Service, I use s3cmd. First, go to S3 console page and Enable Website Hosting and then set index document to index.html and set error document to 404.html

Install s3cmd on Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -S s3cmd

Configure and set up Amazon account:

s3cmd --configure

Deploy to Amazon server:

s3cmd sync _site/ s3://

(remember to add the slash / at the end of the target bucket name)

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