class Webgen::Source

Namespace for all classes that provide source paths.


This class is used to manage source classes. A source class is a class that returns a set of Path objects when the #paths method is called. For example, the FileSystem class uses the file system as the source for the source paths.

The register method is used for registering new source classes.

To get all configured source paths, use the paths method of this class.

Extension writers may be interested in the passive_sources accessor which allows one to register sources that provide paths that are only used when actually referenced.

Implementing a source class

A source class only needs to respond to the method paths which needs to return a set of Path objects for the source. It is expected that after a source object is initialized it always returns the same path objects. The initialize method of a source class must take the website object as first argument and may take an arbitrary number of additional arguments.

Note that the returned Path objects need to have the meta information 'modified_at' set to the correct last modification time of the path, i.e. the value has to be a Time object! This is needed to determine whether the content of the path has been changed since the last invocation of webgen.

Sample source class

Following is a simple source class which stores the paths and their contents in a hash:

require 'stringio'
require 'set'
require 'webgen/path'

class MemorySource

    '/directory/' => nil,
    '/directory/' => "This is the content of the file"

  def initialize(website, data = {})
    @data = data

  def paths
    CONTENT.merge(@data).collect do |path, content|, 'modified_at' => { }


website.ext.source.register MemorySource, :name => 'memory'



An array with one or more passive source definitions (a source definition is an array containing a mount point, the short name for a Source class and its arguments).

The paths read from these sources will automatically be tagged with the 'passive' meta information key so that they are only used when referenced.

This is very useful for providing templates, images and other paths in webgen extensions that should only be rendered when actually being referenced.

Public Class Methods


Create a new source manager object for the given website.

Calls superclass method Webgen::ExtensionManager::new

Public Instance Methods


Return all configured source paths.

The source paths are taken from the sources specified in the “sources” configuration option and from passive sources array (see passive_sources). All paths that additionally match one of the “sources.ignore_paths” patterns are ignored.

register(klass, options={}, &block)

Register a source class.

The parameter klass has to contain the name of the source class or the class object itself. If the class is located under this namespace, only the class name without the hierarchy part is needed, otherwise the full class name including parent module/class names is needed.



The name for the source. If not set, it defaults to the snake-case version (i.e. FileSystem → file_system) of the class name (without the hierarchy part). It should only contain letters.


source.register('FileSystem')   # registers Webgen::Source::FileSystem

source.register('::FileSystem') # registers FileSystem !!!

source.register('MyModule::Doit', name: 'my_doit')