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§SBT Cookbook

§Hooking into Play’s dev mode

When Play runs in dev mode, that is, when using activator run, it’s often useful to hook into this to start up additional processes that are required for development. This can be done by defining a PlayRunHook, which is a trait with the following methods:

Now let’s say you want to build a Web application with grunt before the application is started. First, you need to create a Scala object in the project/ directory to extend PlayRunHook. Let’s name it Grunt.scala:

import play.sbt.PlayRunHook
import sbt._

object Grunt {
  def apply(base: File): PlayRunHook = {

    object GruntProcess extends PlayRunHook {

      override def beforeStarted(): Unit = {
        Process("grunt dist", base).run
      }
    }

    GruntProcess
  }
}

Now you can register this hook in build.sbt:

PlayKeys.playRunHooks += Grunt(baseDirectory.value)

This will execute the grunt dist command in baseDirectory before the application is started whenever you run activator run.

Now we want to modify our run hook to execute the grunt watch command to observe changes and rebuild the Web application when they happen, so we’ll modify the Grunt.scala file we created before:

import play.sbt.PlayRunHook
import sbt._
import java.net.InetSocketAddress

object Grunt {
  def apply(base: File): PlayRunHook = {

    object GruntProcess extends PlayRunHook {

      var watchProcess: Option[Process] = None

      override def beforeStarted(): Unit = {
        Process("grunt dist", base).run
      }

      override def afterStarted(addr: InetSocketAddress): Unit = {
        watchProcess = Some(Process("grunt watch", base).run)
      }

      override def afterStopped(): Unit = {
        watchProcess.map(p => p.destroy())
        watchProcess = None
      }
    }

    GruntProcess
  }
}

Now when the application is started using activator run, grunt watch will be executed to rerun the grunt build whenever files change.

§Add compiler options

For example, you may want to add the feature flag to have details on feature warnings:

[info] Compiling 1 Scala source to ~/target/scala-2.10/classes...
[warn] there were 1 feature warnings; re-run with -feature for details

Simply add -feature to the scalacOptions attribute:

scalacOptions += "-feature"

§Add additional asset directory

For example you can add the pictures folder to be included as an additional asset directory:

unmanagedResourceDirectories in Assets += baseDirectory.value / "pictures"

This will allow you to use routes.Assets.at with this folder.

§Disable documentation

To speed up compilation you can disable documentation generation:

sources in (Compile, doc) := Seq.empty
publishArtifact in (Compile, packageDoc) := false

The first line will disable documentation generation and the second one will avoid to publish the documentation artifact.

§Configure ivy logging level

By default ivyLoggingLevel is set on UpdateLogging.DownloadOnly. You can change this value with:

For example if you want to only display errors:

ivyLoggingLevel := UpdateLogging.Quiet

§Fork and parallel execution in test

By default parallel execution is disabled and fork is enabled. You can change this behavior by setting parallelExecution in Test and/or fork in Test:

parallelExecution in Test := true
fork in Test := false

Next: Debugging your build


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