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by ryan davis


vlad version 1.1.0 has been released!

Published 2007-09-12 @ 01:10

Vlad the Deployer is pragmatic application deployment automation, without mercy. Much like Capistrano, but with 1/10th the complexity. Vlad integrates seamlessly with Rake, and uses familiar and standard tools like ssh and rsync.

Impale your application on the heartless spike of the Deployer.


  • Full deployment automation stack.
  • Turnkey deployment for mongrel+apache+svn.
  • Supports single server deployment with just 3 variables defined.
  • Built on rake. Easy. Engine is small.
  • Very few dependencies. All simple.
  • Uses ssh with your ssh settings already in place.
  • Uses rsync for efficient transfers.
  • Run remote commands on one or more servers.
  • Mix and match local and remote tasks.
  • Compatible with all of your tab completion shell script rake-tastic goodness.
  • Ships with tests that actually pass in 0.028 seconds!
  • Does NOT support Windows right now (we think). Coming soon in 1.2.


1.1.0 / 2007-09-12

  • 3 major enhancements:
    • Vlad.load now takes a hash of recipe overrides, eg: Vlad.load :web => :nginx. See rdoc for defaults.
    • Removed vlad_tasks.rb and split into vlad/apache.rb, vlad/mongrel.rb, and vlad/core.rb.
    • The flog ratio between capistrano+deps / vlad+deps is pi (or, damn close)!
  • 12 minor enhancements:
    • Added $TRACE to make it more available and cleaner to read.
    • Added :svn_cmd variable.
    • Added Rake.clear_tasks *str_or_regexp
    • Added debug and mana_from_heaven tasks to Rakefile.
    • Added more documentation.
    • Added :rsync_cmd and :rsync_flags.
    • Added :ssh_cmd and :ssh_flags.
    • Added variable expansion to vlad:debug task.
    • Removed :scm variable. Now a Vlad.load component/flavor/need-a-word-here.
    • Removed :application var. Use it if you want it. We don’t require it.
    • Renamed :p4cmd to :p4_cmd.
    • Renamed :rake var to :rake_cmd.
  • 2 (important) bug fixes:
    • HUGE: Fixed sudo hang bug #13072. Fix suggested by Chris Van Pelt.
    • HUGE: Vlad.load calls user config last, allowing variable overrides. ACK! Sorry!
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