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Source code for the UPE website at UC Berkeley.

General Conventions:

  • Simpler models are better
  • Commit all of your migration scripts
  • Don't commit unnecessary stuff (
  • Do not store things like passwords and auth in code/on git

Coding Conventions:

  • Use "_" for filenames
  • Use "-" for class names
  • Use Font Awesome for icons
  • Don't use JS if it's doable using CSS3
  • Use good markup: Make things extensible, use classes and IDs efficiently, use the right semantics
  • snake_case for variables and functions, CamelCase for objects and models
  • 4 spaces per tab, spaces only

Setup (for devs)

Docker Setup

  1. For your operating system, install Docker-Engine and Docker Compose
  • Docker Compose lets us run the two services (web and database) with their own sub network
  1. Clone this repo if you haven't already
  2. Rename website/upe/ to website/upe/
  3. Run docker-compose up -d to build and start the containers (run this command in the same directory as the Dockerfile and docker-compose.yml file)
  4. Now we need to run syncdb. Run docker-compose run web python3 /opt/website/ syncdb and create an admin account
  5. Restart our web container so things work well. docker-compose restart web
  6. You should be able to access the website now from your machine on port 8001 (i.e. go to your web browser and go to Isn't that simple?

Notes on the Docker Setup

  • We defined our Django web application to be part of the "web" service and the MySQL database to be part of the "database" service in the docker-compose.yml file
  • Any edits you make in the should be reflected in your Docker Container - if you look at the compose file, we mounted . (current directory containing the website files) to /opt/website in the container
  • When you make changes, you may need to restart the container for those changes to be reflected. To do this, use the command docker-compose restart web to restart the web service.
  • When you need to run Django commands (e.g. makemigrations), just use docker-compose: docker-compose run web python3 /opt/website/ <command>
  • If things don't seem to be working, just try restarting the web service again
  • Database volume should persist since we created a volume through Docker

Installation (For Mac -- skip if windows)

  1. Install Homebrew ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
  2. Have Python 3 installed (brew install python3)
  3. Have pip3 installed (Should come with step 2)
  4. Install virtualenv by doing pip3 install virtualenv

Terminal stuff

  1. Clone this git repo
  2. In the git repo, create a virtual env virtualenv --python=/path/to/python3 venv You probably can get away with virtualenv venv, but if you see python2.7 somewhere in the command log. Use the command which python3 to figure out where python3 is installed.
  • --python lets you choose which Python installation to use. If you have something like Anaconda-Python, perhaps you want to use the Homebrew Python3 instead
  1. Start the virtual env: source venv/bin/activate
  2. Install mysql 5.5 (Google mysql 5.5. install; on Debian/Ubuntu, should need to use apt to install mysql-client, mysql-server, libmysqlclient-dev and its dependencies)
  • You should get a config asking you to set a root password when installing mysql-server. Set this to something you'll remember.
  1. Install requirements sudo pip3 install -r requirements.txt

Setting up mysql

  1. Ensure your mysql server is running
  2. Enter the shell with the command mysql -u root -p to login as root. Enter the password you made earlier.
  3. Create the upe databse by running the command CREATE DATABASE upe;my
  4. Also run CREATE USER admin IDENTIFIED BY 'littlewhale';. Then grant your user permissions: GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON upe.* TO 'admin';
  5. Type \q to quit the mysql server shell.

Final Stretch: Getting Django to run

  1. Rename the template to Never commit this!
  2. Now you are ready to do python3 syncdb
  3. If successful, Django should ask you to install superusers. Say yes, and use a one-character username/password for ease.
  4. Now you can run python3 runserver. This will be your go-to command when you develop.
  5. Visit localhost:8000 in your server. You should now see the UPE website locally!
  6. Wrapping up: you can do Ctrl-C to stop the server, and then run deactivate in the terminal to stop the virtualenv.

Loading old data into database

You can load some of the old data into the database for testing purposes. Here's how 20. Get the database dump json file from your lovely committee chairs 21. Run the following command: python3 loaddata /path/to/json/file and your data will be loaded!

To change your local django admin username/password

  1. To change the password: follow the instructions here
  2. To change the username: python3 runserver, then go to localhost:8000/admin>Users and modify the user.

Server Deployment Checklist

  1. Make sure models are good to go: python3 migrate. (makemigrations should be done locally and then committed to Git)
  2. If any static files are changed, update them on the server: python3 collectstatic

Mailing List Documentation

To make sure that the update script ( runs, the owner of all the postfix-related files must be postfix.

  • e.g. if edits to virtual changes the owner, do chown postfix virtual.