There are a number of command line utilities help the forum administrator perform a range of tasks such as add or revoke administration privileges, back up and restore the forum data, fix database errors if such occur, etc.
To run these commands there is a general pattern:
cd project_directory python manage.py some_command [possible arguments and parameters]
I.e. the commands are generally run from the project directory (the same one that contains your settings.py file) and they may use additional parameters and options.
The bulk of the management commands fall into this group and will probably be the most frequently used.
|add_admin <user_id>||Turn user into an administrator <user_id> is a numeric user id of the account|
|apply_hinted_tags –tag-names <file>||Apply tags to all questions in batch given the list of tags provided with a file. The file must contain tags - one per line. If many tags match - only the most frequent will be selected.|
|create_tag_synonyms –from <from_name> –to <to_name> –user-id <user_id>||Creates tag synonym record from one name to another, creates the tag named as given with the value of –to if not existing, and the tag creator will be user with id equal to the value of –user-id parameter.|
|remove_admin <user_id>||Remove admin status from a user account - the opposite of the add_admin command|
|add_askbot_user –user-name –email [–password]||Create a user account. If password is not given, an unusable password will be set. The command does not create associations with any of the external login providers.|
|merge_users <from_id> <to_id>||Merges user accounts and all related data from one user to another, the “from user” account is deleted.|
|dump_forum [–dump-name some_name]||Save forum contents into a file. –dump-name parameter is optional|
|get_tag_stats [-u|-t] [-e]||Print tag subscription statistics, per tag (option -t) or per user (option -u), if option -e is given, empty records will be shown too (longer versions of the options are: –per-tag-subscription-counts for -t, –per-user-tag-subscription-counts for -u, and –print-empty for -e).|
|load_forum <file_name>||Load forum data from a file saved by the dump_forum command|
|load_stackexchange <file.zip>||Load SackExchange dump into Askbot. It is best to run this command on empty database. Also - before running, make sure that askbot.importers.stackexchange is in the list of installed apps within your settings.py file (it might also be necessary to run syncdb command to initiate the SE importer tables).|
|rename_tags –from <from_tags> –to <to_tags> –user-id <user_id>||Rename, merge or split tags. User ID is the id of the user who will be assigned as the performer of the retag action. If more than is in the –from or the –to parameters then that parameter quoted, e.g. `–to “tag1 tag2”. If user id is not given, the administrator with the smallest id number will be automatically assigned.|
|rename_tags_id –from <from_tag_ids> –to <to_tag_ids> –user_id <user_id>||This command is the same as rename_tags, but takes the tag id’s as arguments.|
|delete_unused_tags||Permanently deletes tags that do not appear in any questions , including the questions that are themselves marked as deleted.|
|update_avatar_data||Set values of avatar types for all users; this command may take up to 2s per user, because it makes up to one http request per user to gravatar.com. This data is used to display preferentially real faces on the main page.|
|build_thread_summary_cache||Rebuilds cache for the question summary snippet.|
|build_livesettings_cache||Rebuilds cache for the live settings.|
|delete_contextless_...||delete_contextless_badge_award_activities Deletes Activity objects of type badge award where the related context object is lost.|
|delete_contextless_activities||Same as above, but works in a broader sense - when the related context object does not exist, but the generic foreign key to that object is still present.|
Under certain circumstances (especially when using MySQL database with MyISAM storage engine or when venturing to adapt the software to your needs) some records in the database tables may become internally inconsistent. The commands from this section will help fix those issues.
Data inconsistency in the Askbot project is considered as a critical error and as a matter of the project policy is addressed on the day of reporting. If you discover such issue - please report it at the forum or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
|add_missing_subscriptions||adds default values of email subscription settings to users that lack them|
|fix_answer_counts||recalculates answer counts for all questions|
|fix_inbox_counts||recalculates response counts in the user inboxes|
|fix_revisionless_posts||adds a revision record to posts that lack them|
|fix_question_tags||takes tag names from the record on the question table and stores them in the tag table. This defect may show when the server process is interrupted after the question was saved, but tags were not updated, and the symptom is that the question cannot be found via the tag search.|
The above commands are safe to run at any time, also they do not require additional parameters. In the future all these will be replaced with just one simple command.
Besides the commands designed to help run the forum, there are several aiming to help the developers of the Askbot project:
|make_docs||Rebuild HTML documentation for the project|
|jinja2_makemessages||Extract translatable strings into the .po files. Works exactly the same way as the django makemessages command but extracts strings from Jinja2 templates that are used by the Askbot project. Note: the jinja2_makemessages must be run from the askbot app directory, unlike all the remaining commands that are expected to be run from the site root directory.|
|askbot_add_test_content||Creates content with dummy data for testing|