The copier answers file is a key component to making your templates re-runnable. Let's look at the example for my setup.py.
❯ tree ~/.copier-templates/setup.py /home/walkers/.copier-templates/setup.py ├── [[ _copier_conf.answers_file ]].tmpl ├── copier.yml ├── setup.cfg └── setup.py.tmpl 0 directories, 4 files
Inside of my
[[ _copier_conf.answers_file ]].tmpl
file is this, a
message not to muck around with it, and the ansers in yaml form. The
first line is just a helper for the blog post.
# ~/.copier-templates/setup.py/\[\[\ _copier_conf.answers_file\ \]\].tmpl # Changes here will be overwritten by Copier; NEVER EDIT MANUALLY [[_copier_answers|to_nice_yaml]]
Inside my copier.yml I have setup my _answers_file to point to a special file. This is because this is not a whole projet template, but one just for a single file.
# copier.yml # ... _answers_file: .setup-py-copier-answers.yml
Once I change the _answers_file I was incredibly stuck
I'm making a library of personal copier templates in my
directory and I am going to run it from there.
copier copy ~/.copier-templates/setup.py
After rendering the template we have the following content in our
file. This will allow us to update
quick if we ever change our template.
# .setup-py-copier-answers.yml # Changes here will be overwritten by Copier; NEVER EDIT MANUALLY _src_path: /home/walkers/.copier-templates/setup.py author_github: waylonwalker author_name: Waylon Walker description: awesomeness framework: null keywords: null package_name: my-package
This is where I was most stuck, primarily becuase
must come exactly after the base command
. This felt a bit odd
to and not where I expected it so it.
copier -a .setup-py-copier-answers.yml update
Stop asking all these damn questions
So the defaults are now changed to our previous results, but it keeps
asking for them. To stop asking we can simply add a
copier -fa .setup-py-copier-answers.yml update