A convenience wrapper for Gearman clients and workers in Django/Python
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django-gearman is a convenience wrapper for the Gearman Python Bindings.

With django-gearman, 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-gearman and don't unnecessarily clog your application code.


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

pip install -e git://github.com/fwenzel/django-gearman.git#egg=django-gearman

Add django_gearman to the INSTALLED_APPS section of settings.py.

Specify the following settings in your local settings.py file:

# One or more gearman servers

# gearman 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-gearman client.
# replacement patterns are:
# %(app)s : django app name the job is filed under
# %(job)s : job name
GEARMAN_JOB_NAME = '%(app)s.%(job)s'


Registering jobs

Create a file gearman.py in any of your django apps, and define as many jobs as functions as you like. The jobs must accept a single argument as passed by the caller and must return the result of the operation, if applicable. (Note: It must accept an argument, even if you don't use it).

Mark each of these functions as gearman jobs by decorating them with django_gearman.decorators.gearman_job.

For an example, look at the gearman_example app's gearman.py file.

Starting a worker

To start a worker, run python manage.py gearman_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 gearman_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.


To make your workers work, you need a client app passing data to them. Create and instance of the django_gearman.GearmanClient class and execute a django_gearman.Task with it:

from gearman import GearmanClient, Task
client = GearmanClient()
res = client.do_task(Task("gearman_example.reverse", sentence))
print "Result: '%s'" % res

The notation for the task name is appname.jobname, no matter what pattern you have defined in GEARMAN_JOB_NAME.

Dispatching a background event without waiting for the result is easy as well:

client.dispatch_background_task('gearman_example.background_counting', None)

For a live example look at the gearman_example app, in the management/commands/gearman_example_client.py file.

Example App

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

python manage.py gearman_worker -w 4

and execute the example app in another:

python manage.py gearman_example_client

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


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