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Welcome to the BM wiki.

BM is a simple set of scripts that help you create, update, and manage a set of blog posts, notes, and more.

BM depends on GNU features of system utilities such as grep and sed. If you are on a non-GNU system, you will probably have a bad time.

You, the human, format your posts using Markdown. BM takes Markdown and converts it to HTML (with some additional parsing features). The HTML files are organized in an output directory completely ready for a web server such as nginx or apache. The simplest way to make a website out of BM's output directory is to point your web server of choice at the output directory. Your website will then be automatically updated every time you make a change.


BM ships with an example config located at include/bm.conf.example. It is sourced before anything else. It should not be edited. Instead, copy it to include/bm.conf and edit it there. For an exaplanation for every config option, see Configuration.

For advanced setup and configuration, such as how to best configure your webserver, see the advanced configuration page.


In additional to global configuration options, BM offers some per-post options that may be specified in the header of the post file. For more information, see Options.


BM runs entirely within it's own directory. Simply clone the source and situate yourself in the new directory.

git clone https://gogs.system33.pw/mello/bm.git
cd bm


All BM commands are run through the ./bm script interface.

Post creation

To create your first post, run

./bm create [post title]

You may optionally specify no post title, and the new post with have a terrible default name of "My Newest Post".

If your EDITOR environment variable is set, it will be respected. If it behaves rationally (AKA how I want it to), then it should expect a single file name as an argument and open that file for editing. You may also specify an editor in the configuration file. See Configuration.

In the new post, the first 7 lines are special and must come before anything else. The first three are creation date, modification date, and post id. The fourth line is for any per-post options you would like to set. See Options.

The fifth line is reserved for future use. If it isn't blank, then this documentation needs updating.

The sixth line is the post author. It defaults to the username of the current user, but feel free to change this line at any time. Again, see Configuration if you would like to make the default author something else.

The seventh line is the post title. Feel free to change this line at any time.

All remaining lines that do not begin with /// are considered the body of the post. /// indicates comments, which you may add if you like, but they will be completely ignored by BM.

Additional features

Any word preceeded by @@ will be considered a tag. The @@ will be removed and a link added to a tag page showing all posts with that given tag.

Post previews on the homepage default to about 300 words. If you would like to manually specify a place to stop the preview (before or after the 300 word default), then place {preview_stop} once somewhere. It behaves best when on a line by itself, but doesn't have to be.

BM can optionally generate a table of contents for a post. Include the {toc} macro in a post where you would like it to go. The table of contents is automatically populated based on the headings you use.

Saving the post

When you're done creating the post, tell your editor to save the temporary file it opened. Then close the editor. BM will prompt you if you would like to save the post.

Post editing

./bm edit is your gateway into editing posts you've made previously.

./bm edit <search term>

You may search by post id or by post title. Searching by post id is case sensitive, but searching by post title is case insensitive.

If the search term is a single word, BM will first try to find a single post id. If that fails or more than one word was given, it will then search post titles. By default, it must also find a single post by title, but this can be configured. I

When you're done editing, tell your editor to save the temporary file. Then close your editor. BM will take care of the rest by default.

If no search term is given, ./bm list is called. It is also called if BM can't tell which post you would like to edit.

Post listing

./bm list [search term]

With no search term, this will list all posts you've ever made. Given one or more words as a search term, BM behaves exactly the same as it does in ./bm edit, only it merely lists posts instead of hopefully opening one for editing.

Post removal

./bm remove <search term>

If you've decided you want to permanently delete a post, this is the command for you. BM takes the search term and behaves exactly the same as it does in ./bm edit, only it will prompt you whether or not you would like to delete the post it finds.

Running this command is not destructive until it prompts you and you tell it yes.

Post building

./bm build [all|clean|rebuild]

If you've set your REBUILD_POLCIY to manual, then BM will no longer automatically update the generated files. This command will also help if your output directory manages to get out of date compared to the source files. No matter your reason for wanting to use this script, it will make the make calls needed to do what you ask it.

  • ./bm build all and ./bm build run make to update the output
  • ./bm build clean runs make clean to delete all output
  • ./bm build rebuild runs make clean followed by make

Theme selection

./bm theme list
./bm theme set <index>
./bm theme info <index>

Version 4.0.0 of BM added the concept of themes. Themes allow you to quickly and easily change the look and feel of the built site. A theme is self-contained in its own directory under themes/, and a symbolic link is automatically made to the currently selected theme. A theme directory can be copy/pasted and edited if it isn't quite right for you.

BM comes with a default theme that will be marked as selected if nothing else is. It also comes with a terminal theme that is sterotypical green text on a black background and a "nothing" theme that contains the bare minimum requirements.

For more information about theming, see theming.