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# Go (URL Shortener)
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A project of [GMU SRCT](http://srct.gmu.edu).

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Go is a drop-in URL shortening service. It aims to provide an easily
branded service for institutions that wish to widely disseminate
information without unnecessarily outsourcing branding.

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## Package Installation
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### Prerequisities & Required Packages
First, install python, pip, and git on your system.
* Python is the programming language used for Django, the web framework used by Go.
* Git is the version control system used for SRCT projects.

Open a terminal and run the following command:

`$ sudo apt-get update`

This retrieves links to the most up-to-date and secure versions of your packages.

Next, with:

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`$ sudo apt-get install python git`
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you install python and git.

Now, we're going to clone down a copy of the Go codebase from git.gmu.edu, the SRCT code respository.

Configure your ssh keys by following the directions at git.gmu.edu/help/ssh/README.

Now, on your computer, navigate to the directory in which you want to download the project (perhaps one called development/ or something similar), and run

`$ git clone git@git.gmu.edu:srct/go.git`

Finally, install these packages from the standard repositories:
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 - VirtualBox
 - Vagrant
 - Ansible
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## On Deployemnt
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### Cron

In order to expire links, you need to set up a cron job to run the manage.py
expirelinks command regularly. A sample cron script is available in the
repository and is named go-cleanlinks.cron. Drop this in cron.hourly and
change the paths so that they point to the virtualenv activate script and
manage.py.