Strange Blogofile IO Error

Posted on Sat 13 October 2012 in misc View Comments

Sometimes when building a blogofile site I encounter the following IO error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/bin/blogofile", line 9, in <module>
    load_entry_point('Blogofile==0.7.1', 'console_scripts', 'blogofile')()
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/Blogofile-0.7.1-py2.7.egg/blogofile/", line 135, in main
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/Blogofile-0.7.1-py2.7.egg/blogofile/", line 201, in do_build
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/Blogofile-0.7.1-py2.7.egg/blogofile/", line 53, in write_site
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/Blogofile-0.7.1-py2.7.egg/blogofile/", line 103, in __write_files
    t_file = open(t_fn_path)
IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: './.#index.html.mako'

This error was a bit confusing. Why does it say that index.html.mako does not exist when it is open right here in my editor?

Well the editor, specifically Emacs is the cause of problem here. If you do not save your files immediately before running blogofile build there is a chance that an Emacs auto-save file will appear in your directory. The file looks like #index.html.mako# and blogofile probably have problems with the unusual file name. Once you save your files with C-x C-s the file will be gone.

Alternatively you can make Emacs save the auto-save files in one dedicated directory. Here is an emacswiki article that explains how to achieve this.