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Welcome to your fancy new apppkg setup. This file describes a bit of how you can use this layout. This layout is setup to host your code, but also to help you manage libraries and dependencies for your application. It is intended that you put your "main" application code in logdb-app-src/ - so that logdb-app-src/logdb-app/ is the package. (The -src is included to distinguish between the directory containing the package and the package itself.) You can rearrange this if you want. For example: $ mkdir src $ mv logdb-app-src src/logdb-app # Then edit app.yaml to point to the new location You'll notice a file logdb-app-src/sitecustomize.py where you can put code that will always be run at startup (before scripts or libraries or anything else). The file app.yaml contains information about your application. We've put several examples in there, with stub code in logdb-app-src/logdb-app/entrypoints.py For managing your libraries, there is a file .pip.conf which controls pip when you run it from within this directory (or a subdirectory). When used like this, libraries will be installed into vendor/. You can (and should!) check this directory into version control. Also bin/ will contain scripts. If a library contains binary components and is not portable it will instead be installed into vendor-binary/ (this directory will be created on demand). You should not check this directory into version control! Instead the libraries in there should be reinstalled on new systems. You can note these libraries in requirements.txt You may be familiar with requirements.txt from other deployment systems. For apppkg you should consider it a last resort - vendor/ is a safer and simpler system for most libraries. Also note that you can ask that instead of installing libraries with pip -r requirements, that they be installed with your native packaging system. Do something like this in app.yaml: requires: deb: - python-lxml rpm: - python-lxml requires: - lxml Systems should use the deb or rpm method if they can, and then only use the requires value as confirmation. I especially recommend this for database drivers. How the directory is assembled is up to you. You may want to use a script to check things out, or use git submodules, svn externals, whatever works for you.