I still had to run the ./deploy.sh script after committing changes. Not anymore - I’m calling this script in a github action being run after a push to master!

Some refactoring was required - I moved the command related to pushing the generating site to a separate script, and this script is called from github actions.

UPDATE: this did not work at all! I resorted to trying out a lot of push Github Actions but none worked. Then I stumbled on this specific ‘Deploy to GH Pages’ action and this one did the trick. Only downside now is the commit message - every commit message is suffixed with the name of my hugo repo and the commit hash.

Below is the complete action. Enjoy!

name: Build and Deploy
    branches: [master]

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - uses: actions/checkout@v2
      - name: setup git submodules
        run: |
          git submodule init
          git submodule update          
      - name: setup hugo
        uses: peaceiris/actions-hugo@v2
          hugo-version: '0.75.1'
      - name: build hugo website
        run: hugo --minify
      - name: dump information
          TO_DUMP: ${{ toJson(github.event) }}
        run: echo "$TO_DUMP"
      - name: deploy to github Pages
        uses: peaceiris/actions-gh-pages@v3
          publish_dir: ./pieterjd.github.io
          external_repository: pieterjd/pieterjd.github.io
          publish_branch: master
          personal_token: ${{ secrets.GH_PAGES_ACCESS_TOKEN }}
          user_name: 'github-actions[bot]'
          user_email: 'github-actions[bot]@users.noreply.github.com'
          full_commit_message: ${{ github.event.head_commit.message }}