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Development install

So, you're ready to contribute to pgweb, and you want to set up a local working copy of the website code, so you have something to work with. Here's a quick step-by-step on how to do that:

  1. Make sure you have downloaded and installed django version 1.2 (or later). You will also need the dependencies psycopg2, yaml and markdown (these are python libraries, so prefix python- for Debian packages, for example).

  2. Make sure you have downloaded and installed PostgreSQL (tested only with version 9.0 and later, but doesn't use any advanced functionality so it should work with other versions)

  3. Create a database in your PostgreSQL installation called pgweb (other names are of course possible, but that's the standard one)

  4. Create a file called settings_local.py, located in the pgweb directory (next to settings.py). This file will contain any settings you override from the main settings one. Normally, you will want to override the following:

    DEBUG=True
    TEMPLATE_DEBUG=DEBUG
    SUPPRESS_NOTIFICATIONS=True
    SITE_ROOT="http://localhost:8000"
    NO_HTTPS_REDIRECT=True
    SESSION_COOKIE_SECURE=False
    SESSION_COOKIE_DOMAIN=None
    DATABASE_NAME="pgweb"
    
  5. In the pgweb directory run the following command to create all tables and indexes, as well as create a superuser for your local installation:

    ./manage.py syncdb
    
  6. A few functions are required, or at least recommended in order to test all of the system. The SQL scripts in the directory sql/ needs to be run in the database. Note that for a local dev install without varnish frontends, you should use the varnish_local.sql script, and not use the varnish.sql script.

  7. To load some initial data for some tables (far from all at this point), in the pgweb directory, run the following command:

    ./load_initial_data.sh
    
  8. At this point, you're ready to get started. Start your local server by running:

    ./manage.py runserver
    
  9. Now load up the website by going to http://localhost:8000

Future improvements

The plan is to make it possible to get a good snapshot of the actual PostgreSQL website to do development work on, including parts from the database. However, there are a number of privacy issues that need to be figured out before we can do that (we don't want to put a database-dump containing thousands of well confirmed email addresses easily available for download, for example). Any suggestions on exactly how to get this done are much appreciated.

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