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#73 in Text processing
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A preprocessor that generates a summary from the file structure of your book rather than using an explicit
Frequently, you want the organization of your files to simply be mirrored in the
SUMMARY.md file rather than have to manually set it yourself. We can automate this by following a few conventions:
||Represents the page for the parent folder|
|Sorted by filenames||
||Use leading numbers to sort pages (though not strictly enforced to have numbers in the filenames like this)|
||Partials start with an underscore and will be ignored in the summary|
||Page names (rendered in the navigation) come from the first
||Prefix chapters start with
||Suffix chapters start with
||Draft pages and folders end with
||Separators are files that end with two underscores
||Filenames ending in
These conventions should create a filesystem structure that, when sorted alphanumerically, is the same in the final render.
00_prologue.md → prefix chapter 01_intro.md 02_install/ ├─ 00.md → chapter index ├─ 01_linux.md ├─ 02_mac.md ↓ files sorted naturally ├─ 03_windows.md ├─ 04_______ → separator ├─ 05_post_install.md ├─ _common_install_tips.md → ignored "partial" 03_caveat.md 04_##_guide_##.md → part title 05_usage.md/ ├─ 00.md ├─ 01_basics/ │ ├─ 00.md │ ├─ 01_setup.md │ ├─ 02_monitoring.md 06_administration()/ → draft chapter ├─ 00.md ├─ 01_install().md → nested draft chapter ZZ_final_words.md → suffix chapter
You must create a dummy
mdbook will error out before the preprocessors get called. (The contents aren't important. It can just have
# SUMMARY as the first line.)
Install the project with cargo. The current version is
cargo install mdbook-fs-summary
There aren't a lot of configurations right now.
# book.toml [preprocessor.fs-summary] # (default: true) clean-paths = true # other preprocessors will naturally need to # run after the summary has been generated [preprocessor.links] after = ["fs-summary"]
We are using filename indicators to apply configurations to the generated summary. That's not ideal, so they are stripped to their natural paths.
We strip the numeric prefixes used for sorting and any other artificial indicators.
⚠️ Cleaning paths currently breaks support for the default links preprocessor provided by mdbook. See this pull request. It is recommended to disable clean paths until this is resolved if you intend to use partials.
You can turn off this behavior.
[preprocessor.fs-summary] clean-paths = false [preprocessor.links] after = ["fs-summary"]
This processor doesn't dictate any special format for numeric prefixes used for sorting except when cleaning paths. Currently the convention is this:
If the filename starts with 2 or 3 numbers or upper case letters followed by an underscore, they'll get stripped in the resulting URLs.
This is just something to note if you plan on some other sorting strategy for your filenames.
- mdbook-auto-gen-summary - Similar goals with different conventions and writes the resulting table of contents to