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Working on Graphite-web

Graphite-web accepts contributions on GitHub, in the form of issues or pull requests. If you're comfortable with Python, here is how to get started.

First, keep in mind that Graphite-web supports Python versions 2.6 to 2.7 and Django versions 1.4 and above.

Setting up a development environment

The recommended workflow is to use virtualenv / virtualenvwrapper to isolate projects between each other. This document uses virtualenv as the lowest common denominator.

Create a virtualenv at the root of your graphite-web repository:

virtualenv env
source env/bin/activate

Install the required dependencies:

pip install -r requirements.txt

Create the default storage directories:

mkdir -p storage/{ceres,whisper,log/webapp}

Then you should be able to run the graphite development server:

cd webapp
./manage.py runserver

Running the tests

To run the tests for the Python and Django versions of your virtualenv:

cd webapp
./manage.py test --settings=tests.settings

If you want to run the tests for all combinations of Python and Django versions, you can use the tox tool.

pip install tox
tox

This will run the tests for all configurations declared in the tox.ini file at the root of the repository.

You can see all the configurations available by running:

tox -l

You can run a single configuration with:

tox -e <configuration>

Note that you need the corresponding python version on your system. Most systems only provide one or two different python versions, it is up to you to install other versions.

Writing tests

Pull requests for new features or bugfixes should come with tests to demonstrate that your feature or fix actually works. Tests are located in the webapp/tests directory.

When writing a new test, look at the existing files to see if your test would fit in one. Otherwise simply create a new file named test_<whatever>.py with the following content:

from django.test import TestCase

class WhateverTest(TestCase):
    def test_something(self):
        self.assertEqual(1, 2 / 2)

You can read Django's testing docs for more information on django.test.TestCase and how tests work with Django.