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How to make a new module

Choosing editors that play nice with Python

Some editors (notepad++) do not like the formatting of .py files and .rst files.

Known to be safe: gedit, sublime, vim, emacs

Creating a Module using Sphinx

Open up a terminal and type in following command:

$ cd ~/github/csinparallel/modules

~/github/csinparallel/modules$ sphinx-quickstart

And then follow the following answers.

> Root path for the documentation [.]: YourModuleNameInCamelCase

> Separate source and build directories (y/N) [n]: y

> Name prefix for templates and static dir [_]: [hit enter]

> Project name: Name of the module in plain English (e.g. GPU Programming or Distributed Memory Programming)

> Author name(s): CSInParallel Project

> Project version: 1

> Project release [1]: [hit enter]

> Source file suffix [.rst]: [hit enter]

> Name of your master document (without suffix) [index]: [hit enter]

> Do you want to use the epub builder (y/N) [n]: [hit enter]

> autodoc: automatically insert docstrings from modules (y/N) [n]: [hit enter]

> doctest: automatically test code snippets in doctest blocks (y/N) [n]: [hit enter]

> intersphinx: link between Sphinx documentation of different projects (y/N) [n]: [hit enter]

> todo: write "todo" entries that can be shown or hidden on build (y/N) [n]: [hit enter]

> coverage: checks for documentation coverage (y/N) [n]: [hit enter]

> pngmath: include math, rendered as PNG images (y/N) [n]: **y**

> mathjax: include math, rendered in the browser by MathJax (y/N) [n]: [hit enter]

> ifconfig: conditional inclusion of content based on config values (y/N) [n]: [hit enter]

> viewcode: include links to the source code of documented Python objects (y/N) [n]: [hit enter]

> Create Makefile? (Y/n) [y]: [hit enter]

> Create Windows command file? (Y/n) [y]: [hit enter]

Modify the File

  1. go to /github/csinparallel/modules/YourModuleName/source
  2. Open up the file and make the following changes
  • Change

    import sys, os

    to following:

    import sys, os, platform
  • Most module editors will not need to create Latex versions of the module. If you are not making latex versions, skip this step. If you really want to make latex versions, you can change

    extentions = ['sphinx.ext.pngmath']

    to the following (these tex paths are different for every computer, you will have to find our yours):

    extensions = ['sphinx.ext.pngmath']
    if 'Darwin' in platform.uname()[0]:
            pngmath_latex = ''
            pngmath_dvipng = ''
    elif 'Linux' in platform.uname()[0]:
            pngmath_latex = ''
            pngmath_dvipng = ''
    elif 'Windows' in platform.uname()[0]:
            pngmath_latex = ''
            pngmath_dvipng = ''
  • Change

    copyright = u'2012, CSInParallel'

    to following

    copyright = u'This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License'
  • Comment out

    version = '1'
  • Comment out

    release = '1'
  • Comment in and then change

    html_title = None

    to following

    html_title = 'Your Module Name' (including the single quotation marks)
  • Comment in and then change

    html_logo = None

    to following

    html_logo = '../../../images/CSInParallel200wide.png' (including the single quotation marks)
  • Comment in and then change

    html_show_sourcelink = True

    to following

    html_show_sourcelink = False
  • Add following

    'releasename': '', 'classoptions': ',openany,oneside', 'babel' : '\\usepackage[english]{babel}'


    latex_elements = {
    # The paper size ('letterpaper' or 'a4paper').
    #'papersize': 'letterpaper',
    # The font size ('10pt', '11pt' or '12pt').
    #'pointsize': '10pt',
    # Additional stuff for the LaTeX preamble.
    #'preamble': '',
  • Find the following

    latex_documents = [
      ('index', 'GPUProgramming.tex', u'GPU Programming',
       u'CSInParallel Project', 'manual'),

    and delete the word "Documentation"

  • Find the following

    man_pages = [
       ('index', 'YourModuleName', u'Your Module Name Documentation',
        [u'CSInParallel Project'], 1)

    and delete the word "Documentation"

  • Find the following

    texinfo_documents = [
      ('index', 'GPUProgramming', u'GPU Programming',
       u'CSInParallel Project', 'GPUProgramming', 'One line description of project.',

    and delete the word "Documentation"

Modify the index.rst File

  1. go to /github/csinparallel/modules/YourModuleName/source
  2. open up the index.rst file and make the following changes
  • Delete "Welcome to YourModuleName's documentation!" and change it "Your Module Name"

  • Delete "Contents"

  • Change the

    :maxdepth: 2


    :maxdepth: 1
  • Delete

    Indices and tables
  • Comment out the refs like

    .. comment
            * :ref:`genindex`
            * :ref:`modindex`
            * :ref:`search`

Modify the Makefile file

  1. go to /github/csinparallel/modules/YourModuleName
  2. open up makefile file in an editor and make the following changes
  • find latexpdf entry
  • add "tar -czf $(BUILDDIR)/latex.tar.gz $(BUILDDIR)/latex"(without quote sign) after "$(MAKE) -C $(BUILDDIR)/latex all-pdf"
  • make sure you pressed a tab to make the line you added to line up with others instead using a bunch of spaces!!

Build the html

In your linux or mac terminal, or your windows command line, go to your module's root directory.

$ cd ~/github/csinparallel/modules/yourmodulename

Then excute make html command

~/github/csinparallel/modules/yourmodulename$ make html

This will build the html using our modified, index.rst and Makefile files.

Using your own template

  1. The default template is defined in the defualt.css file. You can access this file by cd into its directory.
$ cd ~/github/csinparallel/modules/YourModuleName/build/html/_static
  1. In order to use your own template, you have to create a default.css_t file and put it into the following directory.
$ cd ~/github/csinparallel/modules/YourModuleName/source/_static

For all existing modules, we made some small changes to the template. You will find details at the end of the section. If you would like to use our template, you can copy the defualt.css_t from any existing modules and put it into the above directory of your module. Just go through the follwoing steps.

  1. go to ~/github/csinparallel/modules/AnyExistingModule/source/_static
  2. you will see a default.css_t file.
  3. copy that file and put it into ~/github/csinparallel/modules/YourModuleName/source/_static
note:Note that the extention is css_t, not css - you have to make sure you have css_t in the extension, not the filename.

We recommend you take the default.css and modify it to create your own template.

  1. About the changes we made

We changed

tt {
  background-color: #ecf0f3;
  padding: 0 1px 0 1px;
  font-size: 0.95em;

to the following

tt {
    background-color: #ecf0f3;
    padding: 0 1px 0 1px;
    /*font-size: 1.35em;*/
      font-family:"Lucida Console", Monaco, monospace;


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