How do I configure a static site build path?

Posted October 29, 2020 2.4k views
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I’m trying to get started with the new DigitalOcean Apps. Since I’m using a non-standard static site generator (jigsaw). I have problems finding solid documentation on how to set the static site build or output path.

I did find some documentation and samples showing a .do folder with an app.yaml and other yaml configuration, although trying to use the same did not work for me. It seemed like those config files got ignored by DO and I also couldn’t find any settings to add configuration on my own.

The error message I’m getting is the following:
=> Static site output directory is not explicitly set, attempting to look for static files
sitename | 15:34:47 Checking /workspace/_static
sitename | 15:34:47 Checking /workspace/dist
sitename | 15:34:47 Checking /workspace/public
sitename | 15:34:47 ! No static site build path was found

I’d be glad for any help. Thanks.

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Hello @dirgl

By default, our system will look at the directory: static, dist, public at this time. You can explicitly set the output directory path for the rendered assets in the app specification with the API or doctl using the outputdir field.

Please note just creating the app.yaml file directory won’t update the app. In our sample apps, those files are created for reference. You have to create the app.yaml file locally and then apply it to your app using API or doctl.

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  • Request that DO add _site to the list of output directory paths, for built-in support of SSGs like Eleventy that use that. (I tried the doctl method with my repo but couldn’t get doctl -c to accept my chosen config YAML file.)