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A convenience wrapper for beanstalkd clients and workers in Django using the beanstalkc library for Python

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README.md

django-beanstalkd

django-beanstalkd is a convenience wrapper for the beanstalkd Python Bindings.

With django-beanstalkd, you can code jobs as well as clients in a Django project with minimal overhead in your application. Server connections etc. all take place in django-beanstalkd and don't unnecessarily clog your application code.

This library is based in large part on Fred Wenzel's django-gearman. If you're looking for synchronous execution of jobs, check out Gearman and Fred's library! Beanstalkd is useful for background processes only.

Installation

It's the same for both the client and worker instances of your django project:

pip install -e git+https://github.com/jonasvp/django-beanstalkd.git#egg=django-beanstalkd

Add django_beanstalkd to the INSTALLED_APPS section of settings.py.

Specify the following settings in your local settings.py file if your beanstalkd server isn't accessible on port 11300 of localhost (127.0.0.1):

# My beanstalkd server
BEANSTALK_SERVER = '127.0.0.1:11300'  # the default value

If necessary, you can specify a pattern to be applied to your beanstalk worker functions:

# beanstalk job name pattern. Namespacing etc goes here. This is the pattern
# your jobs will register as with the server, and that you'll need to use
# when calling them from a non-django-beanstalkd client.
# replacement patterns are:
# %(app)s : django app name the job is filed under
# %(job)s : job name
BEANSTALK_JOB_NAME = '%(app)s.%(job)s'

Workers

Registering jobs

Create a file beanstalk_jobs.py in any of your django apps, and define as many jobs as functions as you like. The job must accept a single string argument as passed by the caller.

Mark each of these functions as beanstalk jobs by decorating them with django_beanstalkd.beanstalk_job.

For an example, look at the beanstalk_example app's benstalk_jobs.py file.

Starting a worker

To start a worker, run python manage.py beanstalk_worker. It will start serving all registered jobs.

To spawn more than one worker (if, e.g., most of your jobs are I/O bound), use the -w option:

python manage.py beanstalk_worker -w 5

will start five workers.

Since the process will keep running while waiting for and executing jobs, you probably want to run this in a screen session or similar.

Clients

To make your workers work, you need a client app passing data to them. Create and instance of the django_beanstalkd.BeanstalkClient class and call a function with it:

from django_beanstalkd import BeanstalkClient
client = BeanstalkClient()
client.call('beanstalk_example.background_counting', '5')

For a live example look at the beanstalk_example app, in the management/commands/beanstalk_example_client.py file. Arguments to call are

priority: an integer number that specifies the priority. Jobs with a
          smaller priority get executed first
delay:    how many seconds to wait before the job can be reserved
ttr:      how many seconds a worker has to process the job before it gets requeued

Example App

For a full, working, example application, add beanstalk_example to your INSTALLED_APPS, then run a worker in one shell:

python manage.py beanstalk_worker -w 4

and execute the example app in another:

python manage.py beanstalk_example_client

You can see the client sending data and the worker(s) working on it.

Licensing

This software is licensed under the Mozilla Tri-License:

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  Jonas VP <jvp@jonasundderwolf.de>
  Frederic Wenzel <fwenzel@mozilla.com>

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