The Lapis command line interface gives you a couple of handful tools for working with Lapis projects.
Some commands can take an
environment argument to specify which configuration
to use. If the environment is not provided then the default environment is
If the file
lapis_environment.lua exists in the directory, then the return value of that
file will be used, otherwise it is
For example, if you have a production deployment, you might add the following file:
-- lapis_environment.lua return "production"
-- lapis_environment.moon return "production"
$ lapis new [--git] [--tup] [--lua] [--cqueues|--nginx]
new command will create a blank Lapis project in the current directory.
By default it creates the following files:
You're encouraged to look at all of these files and customize them to your needs.
You can tell it to generate additional files using the following flags:
--git generates a
.gitignore file containing the following:
*.lua logs/ nginx.conf.compiled
--tup — generates
Tuprules.tup for use with
Tup build system. The rules file contains a rule for
building MoonScript files to Lua.
--lua — generates a skeleton Lua app instead of MoonScript.
$ lapis server [environment]
This command is a wrapper around starting OpenResty. It firsts builds the config, ensures logs exist, then starts the sever with the correct environment.
Lapis ensures that it runs a version of Nginx that is OpenResty. It will search
$PATH and any common OpenResty installation directories to find the correct
Lapis searches the following directories for an installation of OpenResty:
"/usr/local/openresty/nginx/sbin/" "/usr/local/opt/openresty/bin/" "/usr/sbin/" ""
If you need to manually specify the location of the OpenResty binary you can do
so with the
LAPIS_OPENRESTY environment variable:
LAPIS_OPENRESTY=/home/leafo/bin/openresty lapis server
After finding the correct binary it will run a command similar to this to start
the server (where
nginx is the path to the located OpenResty installation):
$ nginx -p "$(pwd)"/ -c "nginx.conf.compiled"
$ lapis build [environment]
Rebuilds the config. If the server is currently running then a
will be sent to it. This causes the configuration to be reloaded. By default
Nginx does not see changes to the config file while it is running. By executing
lapis build you will tell Nginx to reload the config without having to
restart the server.
As a side effect all the Nginx workers are restarted, so your application code is also reloaded.
This is the best approach when deploying a new version of your code to production. You'll be able to reload everything without dropping any requests.
You can read more in the Nginx manual.
$ lapis migrate [environment]
This will run any outstanding migrations. It will also create the migrations table if it does not exist yet.
This command expects a
migrations module as described in Running
It executes on the server approximately this code:
local migrations = require("migrations") require("lapis.db.migrations").run_migrations(migrations)
import run_migrations from require "lapis.db.migrations" run_migrations require "migrations"
This will shut down a running server. This is useful if you've instructed Lapis to start Nginx as a daemon. If you are running the server in the foreground you can stop it using Ctrl-C.
It works by sending a TERM signal to the Nginx master process.