January 26, 2012

Rails Assets Pipeline Survival Guide

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Helpful settings

If you have assets pipeline enabled. By default you need to precompile your assets every time you change something (in production env). Having everything precompiled is cool but this will ask rails compile any assets that are not already compiled.

# Don't fallback to assets pipeline if a precompiled asset is missed
 config.assets.compile = true

Page Specific JS/CSS

If you want some JS/CSS to only be included in a specific set of pages.

  • break the page specific JS/CSS code to different files (ex:- profiles.js)
  • make sure they are not referenced in your manifest file (application.js)
  • add the following code snippets to the necessary files
application.html.erb (your main template)
 <%= stylesheet_link_tag "application" %>
 <%= javascript_include_tag "application" %>
 <%= yield :head %>
 <%= csrf_meta_tags %>
specific_page.html.erb (the template where you want your JS to appear)
<% content_for :head do %>
 <%= javascript_include_tag "profiles" %>
<% end %>


# Precompile additional assets (application.js, application.css, and all non-JS/CSS are already added)
 config.assets.precompile += %w( profiles.js )

Deploying with Capistrano

This is easy enough

load 'deploy/assets'

If you ever run across this problem:

# Disable warning message about missing dirs 'public/[javascripts|images|stylesheets]'
# src:
set :normalize_asset_timestamps, false

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