PFT It is yet another Static website generator written in Perl. It is Hacker-friendly, Free-as-in-freedom and Privacy-preserving.
PFT stands for Plain F. Text, where the meaning of F. is up to
personal interpretation. Like Fancy or Fantastic.
I started this project from scratch because as I was not entirely satisfied with the similar products I tried, but also because I wanted to learn another language (Perl) with a side project. I got initially inspired by Dapper, which is similar in the spirit, but maybe a bit too raw, even for my needs.
If you want to see an example of PFT site… well, this site is powered by it.
News about PFT: here
Static means that your content is compiled once and the result can be served by a simple HTTP server, without need of server-side dynamic content generation.
PFT is designed to be Hacker Friendly: it's a command-line application which handles your website's boilerplate, hides you nothing, but stays out of the way.
It is designed as a toolkit, and comes with a number of commands:
pft init: Initialize a PFT site in the current directory;
pft edit: Create a content text (e.g. page or blog entry);
pft make: Build the website;
pft pub: Publish the website;
pft clean: Clear built tree;
pft grab: Grab a file as attachment or picture;
pft ls: List content and properties;
pft show: Show the compiled site in a web browser;
The manual of each sub-command is available in form of Man Page, and by
invoking it with the
Free as in Freedom
PFT is also Free as in Free Beer. Which means you can offer me a beer if you feel like doing it.
By default, PFT comes with some simple templates, which do not rely on client-side scripts, cookies or trackers. This means a PFT site respects your privacy by default.
(Of course nothing prevents you from modifying it and provide something more fancy, or even serve it with cookies. As you would do for tea, really.)
PFT is currently available in Fedora:
dnf install pft
Installation from CPAN
PFT is released as CPAN distribution named App::PFT. If CPAN is installed on your system you can simply install PFT by running the following command:
In order for CPAN to install dependencies, you will also need to install
make. Also beware that installation won't currently work with
POSIX locale (it is quite unusual to find end-user systems where this
Perl must be installed on the system which generates the site, together with the App::PFT package's dependencies.
The output of PFT is a directory containing a set of inter-connected plain HTML pages. The pages are linked by relative links, so the whole output site is relocatable: It can be kept in local and used as a note taking application, or uploaded and served via any web server. No specific software is needed on the server side, and the most basic browser can visualize it.
PFT supports an automatic upload functionality. Currently only RSync over SSH is supported. In order to use it RSync must be installed on your source system, and your hosting provider should support SSH.
PFT is currently composed by:
A Perl library named PFT which abstracts the file-system access
A toolkit of Perl scripts named App::PFT which provides a command-line interface to the PFT structure.
Feel free to fork or to ping me with suggestion, proposals or pull requests.