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How to install askbot on free hosting account at alwaysdata.com?

asked 2010-05-12 19:55:59 -0500

Evgeny gravatar image

updated 2010-09-08 17:21:49 -0500

The answer is here. It should just work, if you have any problems - please report them.

edit: please keep in mind that the free account is quite limited and probably should not be used for a real life application.

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answered 2010-05-12 20:57:31 -0500

Evgeny gravatar image

As I've tested, installation fits into a the free disk quota and the application works, however some performance improving tricks are possible - will update later.

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Great stuff!
Pekka gravatar imagePekka ( 2010-05-13 04:28:33 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-08-23 08:20:47 -0500

hector gravatar image

The instructions in the wiki seem to be outdated. For example, there's no

django_site/settings_local.py

and the changes that it suggests are located in the file

django_site/askbot/setup_templates/settings.py

should I copy the former to the latter? or should I change it right where it is?

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Hector, I've updated and tested instructions - on the same wiki page.
Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-23 12:39:41 -0500 )edit
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answered 2011-11-04 08:08:02 -0500

WilliamF gravatar image

This is a well-written how-to - thanks. As of Nov. 2011, the setup file no longer contains the lines :

...
if sys.platform not in WIN_PLATFORMS
    install_requires.append('mysql-python')

So, they can't be commented out, which was a bit confusing, but one goes on. However the install went way over the alwaysdata limits. I ended up springing for the 9e service and when the install was finished it was at 27 Mb. No worries, I can afford 9e a month.

However, when I start askbot (python manage.py runserver) I get an error message saying settings.py can't be found, which ends up being an import error, where settings.py can't find the module for djcelery (and others) even though the modules are right there.

Have to say I'm quite lost at this point. Believe I've followed the instructions but haven't got the python kung fu to debug.

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William, I am sorry but the earliest we can respond is this Sunday, we are at a conference tomorrow. Looks like the issue is with the python paths.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2011-11-04 22:53:36 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-09-08 13:31:56 -0500

marco gualtieri gravatar image

updated 2010-09-08 19:04:17 -0500

The install is now running into several obstacles and doesn't work as is. First of all it renames the tar file "master" and then halts installation before creating the django_site directory. Second, more annoying, is that setup.py tries to fetch the django toolbar program dependency at a website that is down, so that setup.py also halts -- this is a problem I have even in installing it on my own system.

I am looking forward to one day using askbot but as it is now, none of the installation instructions actually work.

EDIT: the alwaysdata installation instructions now work.

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Hi Marco, the script got broken, thanks for letting me know. Please try the same instructions again (but wipe out all the things you've dowloaded). I've removed the debug_toolbar from the dependencies. Also - please note that free alwaysdata is very limited and might suit your real-life needs.
Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-09-08 17:07:02 -0500 )edit
I wiped out all the directories which are installed before. But now the script goes over memory and we get settings.py being 0 bytes as well as manage.py and init.py. Also in the installation instructions you should remove the obsolete instructions concerning old version of Django.
marco gualtieri gravatar imagemarco gualtieri ( 2010-09-08 18:12:06 -0500 )edit
Also, now that you have fixed that script, does this fix also apply to the usual installation? I was getting the same problems with debug_toolbar when I attempted installation on my own computer. Marco
marco gualtieri gravatar imagemarco gualtieri ( 2010-09-08 18:13:02 -0500 )edit
yes, the normal installation should work, I've removed toolbar from the dependencies - it's not necessary unless you write code. The "over memory" problem will probably go away after you kill any jobs, log out and then log in again.
Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-09-08 18:16:57 -0500 )edit
what happens if you type `python` and then `import _mysql` into the python shell? do you see error messages?
Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-09-08 18:26:59 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-05-13 05:46:59 -0500

jeremy gravatar image

Thanks for the help. However I'm kind of disapointed. Don't askbot warns people through email? I thought it did but I got no emails warning me about answers to my questions. Is that normal?

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Askbot has a E-Mail notification function. Did you set up E-Mail notification in the setup_local.py file? In the block starting with "SERVER_EMAIL"?
Pekka gravatar imagePekka ( 2010-05-13 07:03:17 -0500 )edit
Automatic notification. I mean, like you answer to my question and I'm warned about it. Why didn't I received any from this site?
jeremy gravatar imagejeremy ( 2010-05-13 09:56:29 -0500 )edit
hey, email updates are now running. you won't get updates on anything that you've already seen, b/c forum keeps track of that per user. Also no emails are sent about new comments (yet).
Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-05-13 16:20:36 -0500 )edit
Good. But are they instant or not?
jeremy gravatar imagejeremy ( 2010-05-13 18:02:17 -0500 )edit
They are delayed now. I will add instant updates on responses by monday. Looks like there will be two notification systems - one instant and one delayed. Most users will want delayed once a day or once a week notification, but instant notification is a good idea for responses and most eager users.
Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-05-13 18:53:46 -0500 )edit
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answered 2012-03-28 19:26:28 -0500

Chetan Patil gravatar image

Hi,

Everything was fine as given in wiki till I executed following command :

python manage.py syncdb

I get this error on alwaysdata shell :


Traceback (most recent call last):

File "manage.py", line 2, in <module>

from django.core.management import execute_manager

ImportError: No module named core.management


Please let me know how to debug this.

Thanks.

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That means that django is not on your python path, please take a look at how to specify the python path. It is possible to add it inside the .wsgi script or in the webserver configuration.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2012-03-28 23:30:15 -0500 )edit

I'd like to mention that it is challenging to set up a web app like askbot in a free account of alwaysdata. You might have better time at more proper hosting. There are quite a few good and inexpensive vps offerings.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2012-03-28 23:38:38 -0500 )edit

@Evgeny : Please give me proper instructions which could yield some results. From so many weeks I'm trying to get Askbot up first on localhost (already asked question, however no one bothers to answer/help) and then this alwaysdata. I've no clue what to be done now. Askbot wiki was updated long back, so I don't understand whether to follow it or not.

Chetan Patil gravatar imageChetan Patil ( 2012-03-29 02:55:26 -0500 )edit

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