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giza 0.2.5

Sphinx Documentation Build Automation

Latest Version: 0.5.17

Giza is a collection of tools built around Sphinx, that coordinates assembling, building, and deploying documentation. Giza primarily addresses the MongoDB documentation project; however, its design is sufficiently generic to be able to facilitate the builds of multiple documentation resources produced at MongoDB.

Features and Goals

Giza has the following objectives and primary features:

  • Facilitate fully-local test builds. Contributors to the documentation should be able to generate the documentation using the exact same process used to produce the production version of the resources.

  • Generate content from structured forms into reStructuredText that Sphinx can publish. In an effort to manage duplicated content, and facilitate sustainable content reuse, Giza translates structured content, procedures, including command line interfaces, tables of contents, and API interfaces.

  • Run multiple Sphinx builds concurrently. Practically speaking, building the documentation requires running Sphinx multiple times. Building the documentation requires multiple invocations of Sphinx, to produce:

    • multiple versions of the manual (i.e. HTML, json, PDF, ePub, etc.)
    • transitions of the content in different human languages.
    • different editions of a text to address different editions of a single resource. (e.g. a student and instructor version of a training resource.)

    Internally, Sphinx itself is not optimally parallelized, and it’s considerably more efficient to run multiple Sphinx processes in parallel, particularly for larger resources and as the matrix of required build artifacts grows.


Giza is available in PyPi, and all dependencies and the package handles all dependencies and version management. For most use, you will want to install Giza using the specification in the requirements.txt file in the repository and branch you want to build. Use the following command:

pip install -r requirements.txt

While most branches will use the latest version of the software, at some point in the future, it may only be possible to build some older branches with a specific version of Giza. Using requirements.txt ensure that you will always install the correct version of Giza.

At any time, you can install the latest version with the following pip command:

pip install giza

To install the optional github and jira integration, use the following command:

pip install giza [jira,github]


Make Interface

Giza is fully integrated into the Makefile system present in all MongoDB documentation repositories. Typically you will run builds using make html, for the html output, or make latex for the PDF build. There are two major important targets: publish that builds the full production build locally, and push that is equivalent to publish but also uploads all artifacts the resource to the production web servers.

During the transition to Giza from the legacy system, all Giza targets have giza- prefixes, so to use Giza targets you would use make giza-html and make giza-publish.

Direct Use

While most common operations are wrapped in familiar make targets, you can run Giza directly from the command line. This section provides an overview of these operations. See the output of -help at all levels for specific syntax.


The following commands will build the html version of the resource:

giza sphinx --builder html
giza sphinx -b html

Replace html with any Sphinx builder you wish to use. You can specify a list, space separated, of builders to build multiple formats at once. For example:

giza sphinx --builder latex dirhtml json html singlehtml epub man

For the MongoDB Manual this is equivalent to the make publish operation. For projects that have multiple editions, you can specify the edition as a section option, for example:

giza sphinx --builder latex json html dirhtml singlehtml --edition saas hosted

This is the Giza command to build the full MMS documentation, and it builds saas and hosted versions of the manual for 5 sphinx output formats.


You can use the giza config command to see a rendered version of the configuration object used during builds. config allows you to see how specifying a language or edition will affect the config object. For example:

giza config
giza config --edition saas
giza config --edition hosted
giza config --edition saas --language es
giza config --edition hosted --language fr
giza config -e saas -l es
giza config -e hosted -l fr


There are two targets that deploy built documentation to the production environment: deploy, which only uploads the resources; and push, which builds and then deploys the resources.

Each branch and repository defines its behavior of the deployment in a push config file. These define a number of “push targets” that describe how to upload the artifacts. When you run a deploy operation, you specify one or more of these push targets and Giza will deploy the artifacts specified in the configuration.

push takes arguments that are the combination of the sphinx command and the deploy command. Consider the following commands:

giza deploy –target push giza deploy –target stage giza deploy –target push-saas giza deploy –target stage-saas giza push –deploy push-saas push-hosted –builder latex json html dirhtml singlehtml –edition saas hosted –language es giza push –deploy push-saas push-hosted –builder latex json html dirhtml singlehtml –edition saas hosted

Add the --dry-run or -d option to any deploy command to avoid actually uploading artifacts during testing.


Giza provides wrappers for several common git operations. You can use Giza to apply the patch from a github pull request or from a single Github commit:

giza git am -p <object>
giza git am --patch <object>

Replace <object> with the ID of a pull request against the repository that repository. You can apply any object from github, by passing a full github URI as the <object>.

All giza git commands support a --branch argument that allows them to perform their operation on a different branch. For example:

giza git am --patch 1066 --branch v4.2
giza git am -p 1066 -b v4.2

You can also cherry-pick commits from the local repository onto the current branch:

giza git cp --commits a5b8087
giza git cp -c a5b8087

The git cp command allows you to cherry pick a list of commits, but is most useful in combination with the --branch option to apply commits to other branches, as in the following examples:

giza git cp --commits a5b8087 8f9150a 2eb441b
giza git cp -c a5b8087 8f9150a  2eb441b

giza git cp --commits a5b8087 8f9150a 2eb441b --branch v0.2
giza git cp -c a5b8087 8f9150a  2eb441b --branch v0.2

Additional Giza Operations


These operations generate content or fetch data used by the build without generating the full artifacts. Useful for debugging and testing. In normal operations the sphinx operations generate require inputs, and these operations are not needed.

generate provides the following operations to generate content.

  • api
  • assets
  • images
  • intersphinx
  • redirects
  • options
  • primer
  • steps
  • tables
  • toc

The includes operations introspect the resources’ content reuse, and allow writers to be able to see the dependency relationship between source files. giza includes has the following additional operations:

  • recursive: returns a list of all files that also include other files.
  • changes: returns a list of all files in the repository affected indirectly by uncommitted changes to the current repository. (Requires PyGit2)
  • once: returns a list of all included files that are only used once.
  • unused: returns a list of all included files that are not used at all.
  • graph: return a document that maps include files to the dependent source files. Includes the --filter option, which allows you to specify a prefix of included files to limit the size or scope of the graph.

Giza provides support for creating “packages” of build artifacts that you can use to deploy a version of the resource produced on a different system or at a different time. This makes it possible to safely deploy a sequence of builds in quick succession. The package command provides the following options:

  • create: Given a push target, build ha package of the current build output and the current configuration object.
  • fetch: Given a URL, download the package to the local “build archive.” Will refuse to download a package that already exists in the build archive.
  • unwind: Given a path or URL of a package, extract the package to the “public output” directory used for staging.
  • deploy: Given a push target and the path or URL of a package, extract the package and upload those artifacts.

Additional Components

Beyond the giza command, the Giza package includes several additional utilities that address various needs of the documentation project:

scrumpy provides reports that help us manage our SCRUM and sprint, as well as help with Jira triage and backlog management.

mdbpr is a tool that integrates with Github to identify pull requests that appropriate for merging.

These components are simple but contain additional dependencies and do not share the same root configuration structure with regards to the main giza application. Furthermore, their functionality is not likely to be relevant for a majority of Giza users.

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