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BisonVert client

This repository is the main repository of a client wrote in django, for bisonvert, a carpooling system.

What is Bisonvert ?

Bisonvert is a simple carpooling web application. The primary goal is to match carpool demands with carpool offers.

The infrastructure is in 4 parts, which can all be found in the bitbucket page

The server

The main application logic of the carpooling service is contained in the server. This includes:

  • A carpooling system: basic operations on offer/demand.
  • A ranking system for the users.
  • A system to contact the users.
  • Availability of the data trought an API
  • A management system for API tokens (oauth)

The server uses internally Python and Django for the web application, PostGIS for Geographic informations and requests, and Mapnik to return the layers.

The server does not provides a web interface to create and search trips: this is the role of the client.


You can both install bisonvert from the mercurial repositories, using pip or minitage (recommended).

Pip install

The best way is to install bisonvert from pip:

$ pip install bv.server

Minitage installation (recommended way)

If you dont have minitage:

easy_install -U virtualenv
virtualenv --no-site-packages --distribute ~/minitage
source ~/minitage/bin/activate
easy_install -U minitage.core minitage.paste

In a minitage

cd  ~/minitage/minilays
hg clone
# install the project
minimerge bv.server
# intiate a postgresql db with postgis inside
paster create -t minitage.instances.postgresql bv.server db_name=bv db_user=bv db_port=5434 db_password=secret --no-interactive
bv.createlang plpgsql
bv.createlang c
bv.psql  -U $(whoami)  -f ../../dependencies/postgresql-8.4/parts/part/share/contrib/postgis.sql
bv.psql  -U $(whoami)  -f ../../dependencies/postgresql-8.4/parts/part/share/contrib/spatial_ref_sys.sql

Launch bisonvert-server

To launch the client, just go to the source lib, and do:

$ python runserver