Use the side-by-side browser
The side-by-side browser is a tool to preview redirections for sites that are being transitioned to GOV.UK.
Deploying the side-by-side browser on AWS
Instructions on the Wiki under ‘Deploying the side-by-side browser on AWS’.
Update the app
$ ssh side-by-side $ cd /data/side-by-side-browser
etc/hosts.json file in the repo, but it’s periodically updated, so for now:
$ sudo git stash $ sudo git pull $ sudo git stash pop
Restart the service:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/side-by-side restart
Note the command
service doesn’t seem to work with the forever script.
Follow the logs, which are a bit too verbose:
$ tail -f /var/log/side-by-side
There’s a root cron job to check and fetch the
hosts.json file every 15 minutes:
0,15,30,45 * * * * cd /data/side-by-side-browser/etc && curl -s -o temp-hosts.json https://transition.publishing.service.gov.uk/hosts.json && mv temp-hosts.json hosts.json >> /var/log/side-by-side-curl 2>&1