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Why do I get a "No module named askbot.deployment" error on Windows?

I installed according to the second set of instructions (not using easy install). I also installed mysql and the python mysql adapter. I get the following error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Python26\Scripts\
    load_entry_point('askbot==0.6.5', 'console_s
  File "c:\python26\setuptools-0.6c11-py2.6.egg\
  File "c:\python26\setuptools-0.6c11-py2.6.egg\
  File "c:\python26\setuptools-0.6c11-py2.6.egg\
ImportError: No module named askbot.deployment
MrGrieves's avatar
asked 2010-06-29 17:15:31 -0500
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I've just uploaded version 0.6.6. In the future there will be a clear sign on the site of which version is current, but for now pls check
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-06-29 17:48:34 -0500) edit
have you used --prefix=/some/path option? if so then it may be outside of your PYTHONPATH
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-06-29 18:22:28 -0500) edit
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If you have script startforum but still see that error that means askbot module does not appear to be in your PYTHONPATH. You can start python in command line and type:

import sys
print '\n'.join(sys.path)

That will print out whatever is in your in the Python system path.

otherwise, all that script does - copy files from directory askbot/setup_templates into your django project directory. You need all of the contents of that directory and establish the following structure:

project_dir/  #<--- some very distinctive name  #empty but required for python to recognize site as python module      #url map    #management script - this one is actually 1:1 django default  #where most important settings live
        log/         #directory for site logger
        askbot/upfiles/   #directory to hold uploaded files.

edit: directories log/ and askbot/upfiles must be writable by the webserver.

You probably already have the "project_dir" and askbot since you've downloaded from the repository, or took tar file?

So you can do it manually too, bypassing the startforum script.

Also - I will push the fresh update in a bit - I recommend to take it - there is a bugfix for runtime settings interface.

Evgeny's avatar
updated 2010-06-29 18:38:44 -0500, answered 2010-06-29 17:25:08 -0500
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