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Generate A PDF From Your Resume With Travis-CI

After automating my blog, I decided to aim a little higher and use Travis-CI to automate document generation from my resume. I use Pandoc to convert my source resume written in Markdown to Github-flavoured Markdown, an HTML file for my website, and a PDF (via LaTeX) that I've spent a ludicrous amount of time styling. I do have all these packages configured on my home computer, but it was becoming tedious to make changes and commit three separate files instead of just one. I was also finding it difficult to keep the PDF version of my resume up to date with the rest of my changes, and I thought it would be an interesting challenge to get everything set up in a repeatable manner. One good reference is this blog post by Steve Klabnik.

The versions of pandoc and LaTeX on Ubuntu 12.04 (which Travis-CI uses for its workers) are hopelessly out of date, so my first problem was getting the newest version of pandoc installed. I used stack to download and install this.

I already had a Makefile, so converting my source to Github-flavoured Markdown and HTML was as easy as make readme and make html:

I decided it would be best if the build process updated my gh-pages branch instead of uploading to a different repository:

The next challenge was actually generating my PDF and uploading it to Github Releases. Travis CI has excellent support for deploying binaries to Releases but using the travis gem to configure support makes a completely new Github token which I thought was a bit redundant. The documentation for travis encrypt is pretty comprehensive and I just encrypted my old token and used that instead. My completed .travis.yml is as follows:

And if you'd like to see the process I went through to arrive at this solution, have a look at the test repo I used. The commit log is a fairly accurate representation of my thought process. If you're trying something similar and you're getting stuck, feel free to reach out and I'll be more than happy to help.

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