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<title>Venus Installation</title>
<p>Venus has been tested on Linux, and Mac OSX, and Windows.</p>
<p>You'll need at least Python 2.2 installed on your system, we recommend
Python 2.4 though as there may be bugs with the earlier libraries.</p>
<p>Everything Pythonesque Planet needs to provide basic operation should be
included in the distribution. Some optional features may require
additional libraries, for example:</p>
<li>Usage of XSLT requires either
<a href="">xsltproc</a>
or <a href="">python-libxslt</a>.</li>
<li>The current interface to filters written in non-templating languages
(e.g., python) uses the
<a href="">subprocess</a>
module which was introduced in Python 2.4.</li>
<li>Usage of FOAF as a reading list requires
<a href="">librdf</a>.</li>
<h3>General Instructions</h3>
These instructions apply to any platform. Check the instructions
below for more specific instructions for your platform.
<li><p>If you are reading this online, you will need to
<a href="../index.html">download</a> and extract the files into a folder somewhere.
You can place this wherever you like, <code>~/planet</code>
and <code>~/venus</code> are good
choices, but so's anywhere else you prefer.</p></li>
<li><p>This is very important: from within that directory, type the following
<p>This should take anywhere from a one to ten seconds to execute. No network
connection is required, and the script cleans up after itself. If the
script completes with an "OK", you are good to go. Otherwise stopping here
and inquiring on the
<a href="">mailing list</a>
is a good idea as it can save you lots of frustration down the road.</p></li>
<li><p>Make a copy of one of the <code>ini</code> the files in the
<a href="../examples">examples</a> subdirectory,
and put it wherever you like; I like to use the Planet's name (so
<code>~/planet/debian</code>), but it's really up to you.</p></li>
<li><p>Edit the <code>config.ini</code> file in this directory to taste,
it's pretty well documented so you shouldn't have any problems here. Pay
particular attention to the <code>output_dir</code> option, which should be
readable by your web server. If the directory you specify in your
<code>cache_dir</code> exists; make sure that it is empty.</p></li>
<li><p>Run it: <code>python pathto/config.ini</code></p>
<p>You'll want to add this to cron, make sure you run it from the
right directory.</p></li>
<p>Tell us about it! We'd love to link to you on :-)</p></li>
<p>Build your own themes, templates, or filters! And share!</p></li>
<h3 id="macosx">Mac OS X and Fink Instructions</h3>
The <a href="">Fink Project</a> packages
various open source software for MacOS. This makes it a little easier
to get started with projects like Planet Venus.
Note: in the following, we recommend explicitly
using <code>python2.4</code>. As of this writing, Fink is starting to
support <code>python2.5</code> but the XML libraries, for example, are
not yet ported to the newer python so Venus will be less featureful.
<li><p>Install the XCode development tools from your Mac OS X install
<li><p><a href="">Download</a>
and install Fink</p></li>
<li><p>Tell fink to install the Planet Venus prerequisites:<br />
<code>fink install python24 celementtree-py24 bzr-py24 libxslt-py24
<li><p><a href="../index.html">Download</a> and extract the Venus files into a
folder somewhere</p></li>
<li><p>Run the tests: <code>python2.4</code><br /> This
will warn you that the RDF library is missing, but that's
<li><p>Continue with the general steps above, starting with Step 3. You
may want to explicitly specify <code>python2.4</code>.</p></li>
<h3 id="ubuntu">Ubuntu Linux (Edgy Eft) instructions</h3>
<p>Before starting, issue the following command:</p>
<blockquote><pre>sudo apt-get install bzr python2.4-librdf</pre></blockquote>
<h3 id="windows">Windows instructions</h3>
htmltmpl templates (and Django too, since it currently piggybacks on
the htmltmpl implementation) on Windows require
the <a href="">pywin32</a>
<h3 id="python22">Python 2.2 instructions</h3>
<p>If you are running Python 2.2, you may also need to install <a href="">pyxml</a>. If the
following runs without error, you do <b>not</b> have the problem.</p>
<blockquote><pre>python -c "__import__('xml.dom.minidom').dom.minidom.parseString('&lt;entry xml:lang=\"en\"/&gt;')"</pre></blockquote>
<p>Installation of pyxml varies by platform. For Ubuntu Linux (Dapper Drake), issue the following command:</p>
<blockquote><pre>sudo apt-get install python2.2-xml</pre></blockquote>