GenericSetup Exporter
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GS Export

GS Export is a little helper that dumps your GenericSetup profile to a given directory, and sends you a mail, if anything has changed since it was last run.

GS Export uses git to store the change history, it simply sends the result of a git status -q if there are any changes. It is your responsabilility to commit the changes, else you will get the same notification on the next run.

GS Export always sends a passwort with each request, it is POST encoded but it is still there. This also means, it needs basic auth working on your plone site. You might want to run GS Export only on the same machine as the zope client.

GS Export needs to be configured, and it needs a lot of options. Since GS Export might be needed for many sites on one host, it does not look for a configuration file with a fixed name, but you must provide a configuration file as the first argument to the script. This is a sample configuration. All arguments are required:

base_url = http://yoursite:8080/Plone/portal_setup
user = youruser
password = yourpass
path = /absolute_path_to_dump_diretory_of_git
mail_server = your.mailserver
mail_port = 587
mail_user = your_mail_user
mail_password= your_mail_pass
mail_from = your_email_adress
mail_mode = TLS
ignore = structure
  • base_url must point to portal_setup
  • the path must exist
  • mail_mode accepts an empty string, TLS and SSL
  • This tool only accepts one mail recipient. This could easily by changed though
  • ignore accepts multiple parameters. Ignore means, after dumping the configuration, the ignore parts are deleted! It is a good idea to ignore structure. Multiple values can be added by adding one for each line and indenting the elements

GS Export is intended to be run by a cron job.


  • Allow for multiple recipients.