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Introduction ============ .. figure:: http://www.netsight.co.uk/junk/xkcd-buildout.png :figwidth: image Let Mr. Developer help you win the everlasting buildout battle! (Remixed by Matt Hamilton, original from http://xkcd.com/303) ``mr.developer`` is a ``zc.buildout`` extension which makes it easier to work with buildouts containing lots of packages of which you only want to develop some. The basic idea for this comes from Wichert Akkerman's ``plonenext`` effort. Usage ----- You add ``mr.developer`` to the ``extensions`` option of your ``[buildout]`` section. Then you can add the following options to your ``[buildout]`` section: ``sources-dir`` This specifies the default directory where your development packages will be placed. Defaults to ``src``. ``sources`` This specifies a section which lists the repository information of your packages. The format is "<kind> <url> [path]". Where <kind> is either ``svn``, ``hg`` or ``git``, <url> is the location of the repository and the optional [path] is the base directory where the package will be checked out (the name of the package will be appended), if it's missing, then ``sources-dir`` will be used. ``auto-checkout`` This specifies the names of packages which should be checked out during buildout, packages already checked out are skipped. The following is an example of how your ``buildout.cfg`` may look like:: [buildout] ... extensions = mr.developer sources = sources auto-checkout = my.package [sources] my.package = svn http://example.com/svn/my.package/trunk some.other.package = git git://example.com/git/some.other.package.git When you run buildout, you will get a script at ``bin/develop`` in your buildout directory. With that script you can perform various actions on the packages, like checking out the source code, without the need to know where the repository is located. For help on what the script can do, run ``bin/develop help``. If you checked out the source code of a package, you need run buildout again. The package will automatically be marked as an develop egg and, if it's listed in the section specified by the ``versions`` option in the ``[buildout]`` section, the version will be cleared, so the develop egg will actually be used. You can control the list of develop eggs explicitely with the ``activate`` and ``deactivate`` commands of ``bin/develop``.