And You Can Quote Me

June 6, 2019

The last few days I’ve been in a knife fight with Hugo.

I wanted to implement a randomized quote feature on the front page. Something like:

**Quote of the Day**

Over every mountain is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.

~Theodore Roethke 

I tried a few things, readFile, a readfile shortcode, dynamic data files in JSON, and so on. Nothing worked reliably with Hugo server.

So instead, I’ve implemented what I want with a Server Side Include. I turned on SSI in my webserver configuration, and I’ve included the SSI directive in The directive is:

<!--#include file="quote.html" -->

which includes the file into the rendered output from the server.

I have a simple perl script there to pull quotes out of a quote file and do some simple markup. Cron updates it every night.

The quotes themselves are from a collection of quotes I took with me from my last job where the CISO used to send out a daily quote email. I copied them all, well, all the ones I cared about anyway. So - thanks Kerry! Much appreciated.

– Jim B.