prod.secret.exs is not added to the git repository by default. This is a good thing. The problem is that when a repository is cloned, prod.secret.exs is missing. The file can usually be copied over, but this is a hassle when possible. I’m sure there are people out there who can type up a new prod.secret.exs from scratch. I want an easier path.

This post covers adding a prod.secret.exs.example file to a project. This file can be used to regenerate prod.secret.exs with a new secret_key_base.

Software Versions

$ date -u "+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S +0000"
2016-07-18 02:18:42 +0000
$ uname -vm
FreeBSD 11.0-ALPHA6 #0 r302384: Thu Jul 7 22:40:47 JST 2016 root@mirage.sennue.com:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/MIRAGE_KERNEL amd64
$ mix hex.info
Hex: 0.12.1
Elixir: 1.3.2
OTP: 18.3.4.1

Built with: Elixir 1.2.5 and OTP 18.3.3
* snip *
$ mix phoenix.new -v
Phoenix v1.1.4

Instructions

Create a new project.

mix phoenix.new memo_api
cd memo_api

Create a git repository and add the project to it.

git init
git add .
git commit -m "Initial commit."

Copy config/prod.secret.exs to config/prod.secret.exs.example.

cp config/prod.secret.exs config/prod.secret.exs.example

Change the secret_key_base to a value that is not sensitive. It should be a value that can easily be replaced by sed.

config/prod.secret.exs.example partial listing

# Regenerate config/prod.secret.exs with the following commands
# $ SECRET_KEY_BASE=$(elixir -e ":crypto.strong_rand_bytes(48) |> Base.encode64 |> IO.puts")
# $ sed "s|SECRET+KEY+BASE|$SECRET_KEY_BASE|" config/prod.secret.exs.example >config/prod.secret.exs
config :memo_api, MemoApi.Endpoint,
secret_key_base: "SECRET+KEY+BASE"

Add config/prod.secret.exs.example to git.

git add config/prod.secret.exs.example
git commit -m "Added config/prod.secret.exs.example."

config/prod.secret.exs can be regenerated with the following commands

SECRET_KEY_BASE=$(elixir -e ":crypto.strong_rand_bytes(48) |> Base.encode64 |> IO.puts")
sed "s|SECRET+KEY+BASE|$SECRET_KEY_BASE|" config/prod.secret.exs.example >config/prod.secret.exs

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