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regluit - "The web application and website"

This repo - will eventually be the place for collaborative development for Add issues and submit pull requests here. As of September 1, 2019, is still being used for production builds.

The first version of the codebase was a services-oriented project named "unglu". We decided that "unglu" was too complicated, so we started over and named the new project "regluit". regluit is a Django project that contains four main applications: core, frontend, api and payment that can be deployed and configured on as many ec2 instances that are needed to support traffic. The partitioning between these modules is not as clean as would be ideal. payment is particularly messy because we had to retool it twice because we had to switch from Paypal to Amazon Payments to Stripe.

regluit was originally developed on Django 1.3 (python 2.7) and currently runs on Django 1.8.

Development (Vagrant + Virtualbox)

The recommended method for local development is to create a virtual machine with Vagrant and Virtualbox. With this method, the only requirements on the host machine are virtualbox and vagrant. Vagrant will use the ansible-local provisioner, therefore installing python and ansible on the host machine is not necessary.

Instructions for Ubuntu 16:

  1. Install virtualbox: sudo apt-get install virtualbox
  2. Install vagrant: sudo apt-get install vagrant
  3. Clone the EbookFoundation/regluit repository.
  4. Navigate to the base directory of the cloned repo (where Vagrantfile is located).
  5. Run vagrant up to create the VM, install dependencies, and start necessary services.
  • Note: This step may take up to 15 minutes to complete.
  1. Once the VM has been created, run vagrant ssh to log in to the virtual machine you just created. If provisioning was successful, you should see a success message upon login.
  • If virtualenv doesn't activate upon login, you can do it manually by running cd /opt/regluit && source venv/bin/activate
  1. Within the VM, run ./ runserver to start the Django development server.
  2. On your host machine, open your web browser of choice and navigate to

Instructions for other platforms (Windows/OSX):

  • Steps are essentially the same, except for the installation of Vagrant and Virtualbox. Refer to each package's documentation for specific installation instructions.

NOTE: If running Windows on your host machine, ensure you are running vagrant up from an elevated command prompt, e.g. right click on Command Prompt -> Run As Administrator.

Development (Host Machine)

Here are some instructions for setting up regluit for development on an Ubuntu system. If you are on OS X see notes below to install python-setuptools in step 1:

  1. Ensure MySQL and Redis are installed & running on your system.
  2. Create a MySQL database and user for unglueit.
  3. sudo apt-get upgrade gcc
  4. sudo apt-get install python-setuptools git python-lxml build-essential libssl-dev libffi-dev python2.7-dev libxml2-dev libxslt-dev libmysqlclient-dev
  5. sudo easy_install virtualenv virtualenvwrapper
  6. git clone
  7. cd regluit
  8. mkvirtualenv regluit
  9. pip install -r requirements_versioned.pip
  10. add2virtualenv ..
  11. cp settings/ settings/
  12. mkdir settings/keys/
  13. cp settings/dummy/* settings/keys/
  14. Edit settings/ with proper mysql and redis configurations.
  15. Edit settings/keys/ and settings/keys/ with account and key information OR if you have the ansible vault password, run ansible-playbook create_keys.yml inside the vagrant directory.
  16. echo 'export' >> ~/.virtualenvs/regluit/bin/postactivate
  17. deactivate ; workon regluit
  18. migrate --noinput
  19. loaddata core/fixtures/initial_data.json core/fixtures/bookloader.json populate database with test data to run properly.
  20. celeryd --loglevel=INFO start the celery daemon to perform asynchronous tasks like adding related editions, and display logging information in the foreground.
  21. celerybeat -l INFO to start the celerybeat daemon to handle scheduled tasks.
  22. runserver (you can change the port number from the default value of 8000)
  23. make sure a redis server is running
  24. Point your browser to http://localhost:8000/

CSS development

  1. We used Less version 2.8 for CSS. We use minified CSS.
  2. New CSS development is using SCSS. Install libsass and django-compressor.

Production Deployment

OBSOLETE Below are the steps for getting regluit running on EC2 with Apache and mod_wsgi, and talking to an Amazon Relational Data Store instance. Instructions for setting please are slightly different.

  1. create an ubuntu ec2 instance (e.g, go to find various ubuntu images)
  2. sudo aptitude update
  3. sudo aptitude upgrade
  4. sudo aptitude install git-core apache libapache2-mod-wsgi mysql-client python-virtualenv python-mysqldb redis-server python-lxml postfix python-dev libmysqlclient-dev
  5. sudo mkdir /opt/regluit
  6. sudo chown ubuntu:ubuntu /opt/regluit
  7. cd /opt
  8. git config --global "Raymond Yee"
  9. git config --global ""
  10. ssh-keygen
  11. add ~/.ssh/id\ as a deploy key on github
  12. git clone
  13. cd /opt/regluit
  14. create an Amazon RDS instance
  15. connect to it, e.g. mysql -u root -h -p
  16. CREATE DATABASE unglueit CHARSET utf8;
  17. GRANT ALL ON unglueit.\* TO ‘unglueit’@’ip-10-244-250-168.ec2.internal’ IDENTIFIED BY 'unglueit' REQUIRE SSL;
  18. update settings/ with database credentials
  19. virtualenv ENV
  20. source ENV/bin/activate
  21. pip install -r requirements_versioned.pip
  22. echo "/opt/" > ENV/lib/python2.7/site-packages/regluit.pth
  23. syncdb --migrate --settings
  24. sudo mkdir /var/www/static
  25. sudo chown ubuntu:ubuntu /var/www/static
  26. collectstatic --settings
  27. sudo ln -s /opt/regluit/deploy/regluit.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/regluit
  28. sudo a2ensite regluit
  29. sudo a2enmod ssl rewrite
  30. cd /home/ubuntu
  31. copy SSL server key to /etc/ssl/private/server.key
  32. copy SSL certificate to /etc/ssl/certs/server.crt
  33. sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
  34. sudo adduser --no-create-home celery --disabled-password --disabled-login (just enter return for all?)
  35. sudo cp deploy/celeryd /etc/init.d/celeryd
  36. sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/celeryd
  37. sudo cp deploy/celeryd.conf /etc/default/celeryd
  38. sudo mkdir /var/log/celery
  39. sudo mkdir /var/run/celery
  40. sudo chown celery:celery /var/log/celery /var/run/celery
  41. sudo /etc/init.d/celeryd start
  42. sudo cp deploy/celerybeat /etc/init.d/celerybeat
  43. sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/celerybeat
  44. sudo cp deploy/celerybeat.conf /etc/default/celerybeat
  45. sudo mkdir /var/log/celerybeat
  46. sudo chown celery:celery /var/log/celerybeat
  47. sudo /etc/init.d/celerybeat start

setup to enable ckeditor to work properly

  1. mkdir /var/www/static/media/
  2. sudo chown ubuntu:www-data /var/www/static/media/

Updating Production

  1. Study the latest changes in the master branch, especially keep in mind how it has changed from what's in production.
  2. Update the production branch accordingly. If everything in master is ready to be moved into production, you can just merge master into production. Otherwise, you can grab specific parts. (How to do so is something that should probably be described in greater detail.)
  3. Login to and run /opt/regluit/deploy/update-prod

OS X Developer Notes

To run regluit on OS X you should have XCode installed

Install virtualenvwrapper according to the process at

  1. sudo easy\_install pip
  2. sudo pip install virtualenv
  3. pip install virtualenvwrapper

Edit or create .bashrc in ~ to enable virtualenvwrapper commands:

  1. mkdir ~/.virtualenvs

  2. Edit .bashrc to include the following lines:

    export WORKON_HOME=$HOME/.virtualenvs source your_path_to_virtualenvwrapper.sh_here

In the above web site, the path to was /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/ In Snow Leopard, this may be /usr/local/bin/

Configure Terminal to automatically notice this at startup: Terminal –> Preferences –> Settings –> Shell Click "run command"; add source ~/.bashrc

If you get 'EnvironmentError: mysql_config not found' edit the line ~/.virtualenvs/regluit/build/MySQL-python/

  1. mysql_config.path = "mysql_config" to be (using a path that exists on your system)
  2. mysql_config.path = "/usr/local/mysql-5.5.20-osx10.6-x86_64/bin/mysql_config"

You may need to set utf8 in /etc/my.cnf collation-server = utf8_unicode_ci

init-connect='SET NAMES utf8'
character-set-server = utf8

Selenium Install

Download the selenium server:

Start the selenium server: 'java -jar selenium-server-standalone-2.5.0.jar'

MARC Records

For unglued books with existing print edition MARC records

  1. Get the MARCXML record for the print edition from the Library of Congress.
    1. Find the book in
    2. Click on the permalink in its record (will look something like
    3. Download MARCXML
  2. At /marc/ungluify/ , enter the unglued edition in the Edition field, upload file, choose license
  3. The XML record will be automatically...
    • converted to suitable MARCXML and .mrc records, with both direct and download links
    • written to S3
    • added to a new instance of MARCRecord
    • provided to ungluers at /marc/

For CC/PD books with existing records that link to the ebook edition

  1. Use /admin to create a new MARC record instance
  2. Upload the MARC records to s3 (or wherever)
  3. Add the URLs of the .xml and/or .mrc record(s) to the appropriate field(s)
  4. Select the relevant edition
  5. Select an appropriate marc_format:
    • use DIRECT if it links directly to the ebook file
    • use UNGLUE if it links to the download page
    • if you have records with both DIRECT and UNGLUE links, you'll need two MARCRecord instances
    • if you have both kinds of link, put them in separate records, as marc_format can only take one value should only be used to modify records of print editions of unglued ebooks. It will not produce appropriate results for CC/PD ebooks.

For unglued ebooks without print edition MARC records, or CC/PD books without ebook MARC records

  1. Get a contract cataloger to produce quality records (.xml and .mrc formats)
    • we are using ung[x] as the format for our accession numbers, where [x] is the id of the MARCRecord instance, plus leading zeroes
  2. Upload those records to s3 (or wherever)
  3. Create a MARCRecord instance in /admin
  4. Add the URLs of the .xml and .mrc records to the appropriate fields
  5. Select the relevant edition
  6. Select an appropriate marc_format:
    • use DIRECT if it links directly to the ebook file
    • use UNGLUE if it links to the download page
    • if you have records with both DIRECT and UNGLUE links, you'll need two MARCRecord instances
    • if you have both kinds of link, put them in separate records, as marc_format can only take one value

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