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Deploy regenwolken

You'll need at python ≥ 2.5, Flask and pymongo for MongoDB bindings and a working MongoDB instance:

On a debian-like system run:

apt-get install python python-dev mongodb

and then

pip install regenwolken  # or master from GitHub
pip install --upgrade git+git://

If you want additional syntax highlighting, markdown support and image thumbnailing, also run easy_install -U pygments markdown PIL respectively.

NOTE: if you're using python 2.5, you'll also need simplejson.


uWSGI has explicit support for virtual environments, so I highly recommend this method! But unfortunately uWSGI is not shipped with Debian Squeeze, so we have to type two additional commands as root.

# apt-get install build-essential python-dev libxml2-dev
# easy_install uwsgi virtualenv

Now as regular user, choose a path where you want a isolated environment.

$ virtualenv /path/to/regenwolken/
$ cd /path/to/regenwolken && source bin/activate

Now we can install all python eggs outside from the system's python. The following will install regenwolken and libraries for thumbnail support, syntax highlighting and markdown conversion of text snippets.

$ easy_install regenwolken PIL pygments markdown
$ uwsgi -H /path/to/regenwolken/ --http :3000 -M -w "regenwolken:Regenwolken()"

I usually run my services with start-stop-daemon (Debian/Ubuntu) so I can manage them as root but they still run in user space. The following assumes you have your configuration file stored in /path/to/regenwolken/rw.cfg.

# location: /etc/init.d/regenwolken

DAEMON_OPTS="-H ${CHDIR} --http :8012 -M --env REGENWOLKEN_SETTINGS=${CHDIR}rw.cfg -w regenwolken:Regenwolken()"

case $1 in
    echo -n "Starting $NAME: "
    start-stop-daemon --start --pidfile /var/run/$ --chdir $CHDIR \
    --chuid $USER --make-pidfile --background --exec /usr/local/bin/uwsgi -- $DAEMON_OPTS || true
    echo "$NAME."
stop)  kill -9 $(cat /var/run/$

gunicorn and lighttpd + mod_proxy (or similar proxy methods)

Running regenwolken with gunicorn achieves the best performance. See gunicorn -h to get a full list of options. Install gunicorn via

easy_install -U gunicorn
gunicorn -w 4 -b localhost:3000 "regenwolken:Regenwolken()"

to run it with four workers. (sudo guni... -b localhost:80 works too, but is not recommended because of root privileges.)

using lighttpd + mod_proxy

Recommended way. Use some proxy-magic and run it as non-privileged user. Edit your /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf to something like this:

$HTTP["host"] =~ "domain.tld|" {

    # some other stuff related to domain.tld

    $HTTP["host"] =~ "domain.tld|" {
        proxy.server = ("" =>
           (("host" => "", "port" => 3000)))
  • start mongodb via invoke-rc.d start mongodb (if not already running)
  • run regenwolken as non-privileged user
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