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The ftw.manager provides various tools for development according to written and unwritten 4teamwork guidelines.


It's recommended to install it with a prepared buildout, because the it has various heavy dependencies which may install zope to your site-packages when you use easy_install - which is really bad.

You can install it with the python version you prefer, but a version of >= 2.4 is recommended. The python version you choose for bootstrapping is used for any commands run by ftw.manager (such as building and releasing packages, checking python code with pyflakes or creating translations with i18ndude):

$ svn co
$ cd ftw.manager
$ python2.6
$ bin/buildout

After a successful buildout there is a executable bin/ftw and some other useful and required commands such as i18ndude:

$ bin/ftw

For global usage it is recommended to either extend the $PATH variable of your shell with the path to the bin directory or to symlink the bin/ftw file to a $PATH-directory such as /usr/local/bin.

You need to install setuptools and collective.dist with easy_install to your site-packages (they are required for python calls):

$ easy_install-2.X setuptools collective.dist


For development you can install the ftw.manager package from source. Check it out to any directory and then run python2.6 develop which registers the package in the site-packages and creates a ftw executable in the bin folder of the python installation (which should be in the $PATH usually). A developers buildout is planned.

Known Problems

Invalid command 'check'

When running ftw checkdocs or ftw release you may get this error:

my.egg% ftw cd
  % /opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/Resources/ check --restructuredtext --strict
usage: [global_opts] cmd1 [cmd1_opts] [cmd2 [cmd2_opts] ...]
   or: --help [cmd1 cmd2 ...]
   or: --help-commands
   or: cmd --help
error: invalid command 'check'

If you get this error you need to install collective.dist to your site-packages. (It does not solve the problem when adding it to the ftw.manager-buildout, since we call the with python2.X

Problems after moving package from subversion to git

After moving a package from subversion to git there may be problems with ftw.manager. The Problem is that you have a '[svn-remote ..]' part in your .git/config file and the ftw.manager then thinks he can get the SVN-Url with git svn status, but according to the manual from the devwiki we have to make changes which result in a corrupt svn-remote.


~:~/Plone/buildouts/opengever-plone4/src/opengever.journal$ ftw ib
  Unable to determine upstream SVN information from working tree history

Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "/Users/tom/Plone/bin/ftw", line 15, in <module>
 File "/Users/tom/Plone/eggs/ftw.manager-1.2-py2.6.egg/ftw/manager/", line 88, in main
 File "/Users/tom/Plone/eggs/ftw.manager-1.2-py2.6.egg/ftw/manager/", line 44, in __call__
 File "/Users/tom/Plone/eggs/ftw.manager-1.2-py2.6.egg/ftw/manager/commands/", line 81, in __call__
 File "/Users/tom/Plone/eggs/ftw.manager-1.2-py2.6.egg/ftw/manager/utils/", line 57, in require_package_root_cwd
   while not is_package_root(cwd):
 File "/Users/tom/Plone/eggs/ftw.manager-1.2-py2.6.egg/ftw/manager/utils/", line 8, in _mem
   dic[key] = func(*args, **kwargs)
 File "/Users/tom/Plone/eggs/ftw.manager-1.2-py2.6.egg/ftw/manager/utils/", line 154, in is_package_root
   second_last = parts[-2]
IndexError: list index out of range

Solution: Commit / push your current changes, remove the repository and clone it again from your origin remote, then the svn-remote is dropped.



This package is copyright by 4teamwork.

ftw.manager is licensed under GNU General Public License, version 2.

Detailed Help

Use the help command for detailed help:


Usage: ftw ACTION [options]


checkdocs        : Checks if the description defined in is reStructured Text valid. [cd]
checkout         : Checks out a package with git-svn [co]
dependencycheck  : Check Dependencies [dc]
eggcheck         : Check some common problems on a egg [ec]
help             : show help text
i18npot          : Builds the .pot files in your locales directory with i18ndude [ib]
i18nsync         : Syncs the .pot files with the .po files of alanguage. [is]
multiinstance    : Calls multiple (ZEO-) instances one after another [mi]
release          : Release eines Packets erstellen [rl]
selfupdate       : DEPRECATED Updates ftw.manager with newest version from PSC using easy_install
setup            : Configuration Wizard for ftw.manager
switch           : Switch between SVN and GIT-SVN [sw]
test             : Run tests for current package [t]
version          : Display Version of the package containing the current directory
versioninfo      : Prints version pinning information [vi]
zopeinstance     : Run bin/instance placeless [zi]
--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-D Debug mode (for any command)

ftw checkdocs (cd)

Usage: ftw checkdocs

Command name: checkdocs Command shortcut: cd

Checks if the description defined in is reStructured Text valid.

This command requires docutils to be installed in the site-packes of your python version.

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-s, --show-description
 show long-description of (with line numbers)
-b, --show-inbrowser
 Show description converted into HTML in your default browser
-o OFFROWS, --off-rows=OFFROWS
 show N rows before and after a bad row (only if not using -s)

ftw checkout (co)

Usage: ftw checkout package_name

Command name: checkout Command shortcut: co

Checks out a package with git-svn or svn, depending on your configuration (see ftw setup).

package_name : Name of the package you want to checkout

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit

ftw dependencycheck (dc)

Usage: ftw dependencycheck [OPTIONS]

Command name: dependencycheck Command shortcut: dc

The "dependencycheck" Command checks the dependencies of your package and displays a table of all packages you have a dependency to. The command checks for each package if there is a new SVN tag.

Run the command on the root of your package checkout, where your is.

Caching The results are cached in ~/.ftw.manager for faster access. If you do not trust the caching algorithm you can force a refresh with --refresh.

Generated History WIth the --history option it is possible to generate a history using the HISTORY.txt files of each package which has changes in trunk or tag (dependending on --dev option).

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-r, --refresh Force refresh. Recalculates all infos
 Buildout config file containing version infos
-v, --verbose Print executed commands
-H, --history Generate history file with all packages with a new version
-d, --dev List packages with modified trunk when using --history option
-l LIMIT, --limit=LIMIT
 Set depth limit (default 0)
-q, --quiet Do not ask anything
-p, --pinning-proposal
 Show a list of packages to upgrade with their newest version in version pinning format.

ftw eggcheck (ec)

Usage: ftw eggcheck [OPTIONS]

Command name: eggcheck Command shortcut: ec

The command eggcheck checks if the egg has some common problems.

Checks: * ** maintainer should be defined ** version should be read from version.txt, which sould exist ** package namespaces shouls be defined properly ** various metadata stuff (name, description, author, email, license) ** the docs/HISTORY.txt file should be embedded ** we should be able to run egg_info * install_requires is checked by parsing all imports and some zcml * the long_description in (and included files) should be rEST * various paster problems are checked ** do not use CHANGES.txt or CONTRIBUTORS.txt ** do not use interfaces as folder ** viewlets and portlets should not be within a browser directory ** setup.cfg should not exist

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-s, --check-setup
 Check basic stuff in (maintainer, version, etc)
-p, --check-paster
 Check problems caused by paster
-d, --check-description
 Checks the long description / validates rEST
-r, --check-requires
 Check install_requires: search all python imports and zcml directives
-z, --check-zcml
 ZCML checks (locales registration, ...)

ftw help

Usage: ftw help command

Command name: help

The ftw.manager egg provides various commands for daily work.

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit

ftw i18npot (ib)

Usage: ftw i18npot

Command name: i18npot Command shortcut: ib

Builds the .pot files in your locales directory. By default the name of your package is used as i18n domain. The locales diretory is expected to be in the root of your package (e.g. src/my.package/my/package/locales).

The .pot files are built with i18ndude, which have to be installed (ftw.manager as a extras_require). i18ndude will search all msgid from the templates and where you use the zope message factory.

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-d DOMAIN, --domain=DOMAIN
 i18n domain. Default: package name

ftw i18nsync (is)

Usage: ftw i18nsync [LANG-CODE]

Command name: i18nsync Command shortcut: is

Syncs the .pot files with the .po files of the selected language. The files are synced with i18ndude, which may be installed using the extras_require.

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-d DOMAIN, --domain=DOMAIN
 i18n domain. Default: package name

ftw multiinstance (mi)

Usage: ftw multiinstance FROM [TO] ACTION

Command name: multiinstance Command shortcut: mi

Calls multiple (ZEO-) instances one after another with a given parameter.

The Instances should be numbered. Example:


instanceadm is the same as instance0

FROM: Number of first instance to call TO: Number of last instance to call ACTION: The action is passed to the instance (e.g. start, stop, restart, fg)


ftw multiinstance 2 3 stop
Stops instance2 and instance3
ftw mi 0 2 start
Starts instanceadm, instance1 and instance2
ftw mi --delay 50 1 2 restart
Restarts instance1 then pauses for 50 seconds and then restarts instance2
--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-d DELAY, --delay=DELAY
 Timeout between two instance calls

ftw release (rl)

Usage: ftw release [OPTIONS]

Command name: release Command shortcut: rl

This command creates a source release and publishs it on pypi or a closed egg repository like a PSC.

For releasing problerly you need to configure the credentials to your target in your ./pypirc.

Following tasks will be performed:

  • Create a tag
  • Change versions in tag and trunk
  • Fix HISTORY.txt in tag and trunk
  • Create a source dist of the new tag
  • Upload the dist to the selected target

More info on how to make release:

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-e, --only-egg Do not commit changes (no tag, no versions changed), just create / submit the source distribution.
-E, --no-egg Do not create / submit the dist, but create a tag and change the bump versions.
-i, --ignore-doc-errors
 Do not check if the description is valid restructured text.

ftw selfupdate

Usage: ftw selfupdate [options]

Command name: selfupdate

--- DEPRECATED ---- Updates ftw.manager to the newest version from PSC using easy_install Uses PSC-URL:

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-f FINDLINKS, --find-links=FINDLINKS
 additional URL(s) to search for packages
 Ignore the warning not to use site-package insetallation.

ftw setup

Usage: ftw setup

Command name: setup

Setup the ftw.manager command. Creates a config file in $HOME/.ftw.manager/config

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit

ftw switch (sw)

Usage: ftw switch

Command name: switch Command shortcut: sw

Converts the local svn checkout into a git-svn checkout and vice versa. The git-svn repository is initally heavy to clone, thats why it is cached in ~/.gitsvn after the first clone.

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit

ftw test (t)

Usage: ftw test

Command name: test Command shortcut: t

Runs the tests for the current package. This command only works if you are in a checkout directory of your package and the this directory is part of a buildout.

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit

ftw version

Usage: ftw version

Command name: version

Displays the version of the package you are currently in.

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit

ftw versioninfo (vi)

Usage: ftw versioninfo [-n] [-c <buildout.cfg>] [-d] [<package1> [<package2> [...]]]

Command name: versioninfo Command shortcut: vi

This command searches all version pinnings for a specific package in the buildout configuration. It walks up the extends-list and follows remote KGS systems.

The buildout config file to use can be specificed the option -c <FILE.cfg>, if the option is not used it defaults to buildout.cfg in the current working directory.

The option -n tries to find new releases of this egg.

Its possible to use this command for multiple packages by calling the command with each package as a parameter, but its also possible to use the command on a list of dependencies which are defined in ./

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-n, --new Searches for newer versions
-d, --dependencies
 Run with dependency packages in ./
 Buildout config file containing version infos

ftw zopeinstance (zi)

Usage: ftw zopeinstance action [options]

Command name: zopeinstance Command shortcut: zi

Run bin/instance from any directory within the buildout. This may be useful called from a editor (e.g. vim).

Example: % ftw zi fg

--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit



  • Dependencycheck: do not mark packages as changed if only .mo-files changed (since they are rebuilt in tag). [jbaumann]
  • Added Workaround for broken tarfile implementation of python 2.4, use sdist --formats=zip [06.04.2011, mathias.leimgruber]


  • release: Include .mo-files in every release. The .po-files are checked for validitiy and should not contain fuzzy entries. The .mo-files are built with msgfmt when releasing. [jbaumann]
  • release: Use annotated tags for git [jbaumann]


  • Release: Added check which refuses to release eggs containing fuzzy .po-files [jbaumann]


  • Release: glboally excluding ._* files, which fixes the ._*.po files problem. [jbaumann]


  • Updated packages with plone-4 packages according to good-py [13.09.2010, jbaumann]
  • Added script for generating RAEDME.rst for github [05.08.2010, jbaumann]
  • eggcheck: Improved various stuff, refactored package listings [05.08.2010, jbaumann]
  • eggcheck: Fixed recursion problem when guessing svn urls. [05.08.2010, jbaumann]


  • Fixed encoding problems - again [03.08.2010, jbaumann]


  • Added better error message when using a erroneous svn remote with git [03.08.2010, jbaumann]
  • release has now support for subversion, git-svn and git [03.08.2010, jbaumann]
  • Translated german stuff to english, removed various python2.4 vs python2.6 encode / decode issues. [02.08.2010, jbaumann]


  • Some more encoding problems.. [29.07.2010, jbaumann]


  • Fixed various encoding issues when accesing help with python2.6 [29.07.2010, jbaumann]


  • Updated README.txt with new buildout informations. [28.07.2010, jbaumann]
  • Made selfupdate deprecated, since the buildout should be used. [28.07.2010, jbaumann]
  • Removed command dependencytests since it requires a dependencies.txt, which no egg any more has and tests with "bin/instance tests" which is not the way to it should be done. [28.07.2010, jbaumann]
  • Removed command develop since we have no longer any development setups requiring this command. The command did only work for policy packages with a dependencies.txt. [28.07.2010, jbaumann]
  • GIT: improved non-svn-git support added regular git support to i18ndude commands [28.07.2010, jbaumann]
  • GIT: added warnings for commands which do not support git ; cleaned up some code [28.07.2010, jbaumann]
  • eggcheck: Implemented first version according to Issue #27 ftw.manager: Neuer Befehl zum Pruefen eines eggs [21.07.2010, jbaumann]
  • depenedencycheck: Added proper support for --limit when generating history [21.07.2010, jbaumann]
  • versioninfo: fix bug when using find-links for eggs in pypi (and -n) [20.07.2010, jbaumann]
  • Issue #28 ftw.manager: Anzeige des Maintainers in Dependencycheck dependencycheck: Show maintainer in dependency table [19.07.2010, jbaumann]
  • versioninfo: added support for other index_urls than pypi (PSC) and added some colours [02.07.2010, jbaumann]




  • Made dependency resolution more robust [22.06.2010, jbaumann]
  • dependencycheck: performance optimisation: use always the same svn command for that it will be cached be @memoize [22.06.2010, jbaumann]
  • dependencycheck: respect extras_require quit when of a dependency is not working [22.06.2010, jbaumann]
  • Fixed bug in dependencycheck command [21.06.2010, jbaumann]
  • Release command: when using git commit the trunk after all [18.06.2010, jbaumann]
  • Issue #21 ftw.publisher: probleme mit [18.06.2010, jbaumann]
  • Dependencycheck: eliminated overhead when check dependencies recursively [18.06.2010, jbaumann]
  • Release command: added --quiet option [18.06.2010, jbaumann]
  • Issue #13 ftw.manager: Befehl zum analysieren der dependencies Added new command versioninfo [09.06.2010, jbaumann]
  • Moved dependency of i18ndude to a extras_require ("i18ndude") and added extras_require "all" [09.06.2010, jbaumann]
  • Release command: added some more stuff to default [04.06.2010, jbaumann]
  • Release command: removed bdist_egg command [19.05.2010, jbaumann]
  • Dependencycheck: added -l option for specifying depth limit [09.05.2010, jbaumann]
  • Added debug mode (-D) which starts pdb post-mortem [09.05.2010, jbaumann]
  • Release: Fixed bug in branch-release [06.05.2010, jbaumann]


  • Release: Added support for releasing from a branch [04.05.2010, jbaumann]
  • Dependencycheck: list also the package itself [20.04.2010, jbaumann]


  • Dependencycheck: do not list the same egg multiple times [12.04.2010, jbaumann]
  • Added --show-in-browser option for checkdocs command [12.04.2010, jbaumann]
  • Added package name to error message "invalid project layout" [29.03.2010, jbaumann]
  • Fixed URL in [22.03.2010, jbaumann]


  • Checkout command: added support for subversion [22.03.2010, jbaumann]
  • Config: Added new config option "default VCS" [22.03.2010, jbaumann]


  • Release command: added support for git-svn [19.03.2010, jbaumann]
  • Release command bug fixed: after modifying setup.cfg in tag there were no more carriage returns [19.03.2010, jbaumann]


  • Added i18ndude as dependency. Its not necessary any more to add it to buildout. [18.03.2010, jbaumann]


  • Removed bad characters from auto generated docu [18.03.2010, jbaumann]
  • Help: Sort commands [18.03.2010, jbaumann]


  • dependency-check action: fixed bug in download cache for buildout configs [17.03.2010, jbaumann]


  • dependency-check action: added support for http-extends [16.03.2010, jbaumann]
  • dependency-check action: improved history cleanup [24.02.2010, jbaumann]


  • dependency-check action: added --dev option, which also lists packages with trunk-changes [21.02.2010, jbaumann]
  • dependency-check action: added --history option which generates a history containing all changes of upgraded packages [21.02.2010, jbaumann]


  • i18ndude: added support for domains other than the package name [04.02.2010, jbaumann]


  • git-svn checkout: added support for packages without standard svn layout (e.g. a missing "branches" folder). [04.02.2010, jbaumann]
  • Fixed buildout-config issues with relative paths in other directories. [18.01.2010, jbaumann]


  • Next release is 1.0 :) [18.01.2010, jbaumann]
  • Dependency-Check: ask for svn-urls, if the guessing fails [18.01.2010, jbaumann]


  • Dependency-Check command implemented with support for packages and for src-dirs. [12.01.2010, jbaumann]
  • Fixed bug in utils.runcmd_with_exitcode, which caused some commands to hang [12.01.2010, jbaumann]
  • Fixed bug in utils.git.has_local_changes [05.01.2010, jbaumann]
  • Release command: setup.cfg should not be required, since its not required in packages any more [23.12.2009, jbaumann]


  • Release command: improved version proposoal (version as 2.4rc3 are now supported) [02.12.2009, jbaumann]
  • Added more flexibility for using commands in non-package-root folders. [29.10.2009, jbaumann]


  • Added shortcut "cd" for command "checkdocs" [15.10.2009, jbaumann]
  • Improved "release" command: committing automatically (user is asked) [15.10.2009, jbaumann]
  • Improved command "checkdocs": printing the bad rows of the docstring for faster mistake finding [15.10.2009, jbaumann]
  • Added auto folder creation to svn-check-layout function [15.10.2009, jbaumann]


  • added color scheme support
  • added "setup" command


  • improved url proposal for "checkout" command (included git-svn cache directory)
  • fixed bug in release command: wrong syntax for


  • using svns INGORE.TXT files as .gitignore after after running "checkout" command
  • implemented switch command for switching between svn and git-svn
  • implemented auto generated docstring containing the help info for each command
  • added git-svn support for command "version"
  • added new command "selfupdate"
  • fixed some restructuredtext issues in command documentations

  • added --merge support to "i18npot" command * add a your.package-manual.pot to your locales directory and it will be merged
  • fixed optparse bug: --version is now working


  • made "test" command available in git-repositories
  • added "i18npot" command
  • added "i18nsync" command


  • added "dependencytests" command
  • added --revert option for "develop" command


  • added "multiinstance" command


  • added "develop" command
  • added git-svn support
  • fixed bug in "release" command: using sys.executable for deploying egg is required, because of dependency collective.dicts


  • updated README.txt : added install instructions


  • fixed


  • Implemented command structure

  • Added various helper utils

  • Implemented actions:
    • zopeinstance : Run bin/instance placeless [zi]
    • help : show help text
    • release : Release eines Packets erstellen [rl]
    • version : Display Version of the package containing the current directory
    • test : Run tests for current package [t]
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