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Startup error: couldn't load USER_SETTINGS.EDITABLE_SCREEN_NAME

Hi, I'm getting this error upon performing a clean installation of askbot (dev version):

Startup error, couldn't load USER_SETTINGS.EDITABLE_SCREEN_NAME

The backtrace is as follows: Traceback (most recent call last):

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/Django-1.1.2-py2.6.egg/django/core/servers/", line 279, in run self.result = application(self.environ, self.start_response)

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/Django-1.1.2-py2.6.egg/django/core/servers/", line 651, in call return self.application(environ, start_response)

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/Django-1.1.2-py2.6.egg/django/core/handlers/", line 230, in call self.load_middleware()

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/Django-1.1.2-py2.6.egg/django/core/handlers/", line 40, in loadmiddleware mod = importmodule(mw_module)

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/Django-1.1.2-py2.6.egg/django/utils/", line 35, in import_module import(name)

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/askbot-0.6.6-py2.6.egg/askbot/middleware/", line 3, in <module> from askbot.views.readers import questions as questionsview

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/askbot-0.6.6-py2.6.egg/askbot/views/", line 4, in <module> from askbot.views import readers

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/askbot-0.6.6-py2.6.egg/askbot/views/", line 29, in <module> from askbot.forms import *

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/askbot-0.6.6-py2.6.egg/askbot/", line 430, in <module> class EditUserForm(forms.Form):

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/askbot-0.6.6-py2.6.egg/askbot/", line 432, in EditUserForm if askbotsettings.EDITABLESCREEN_NAME:

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/askbot-0.6.6-py2.6.egg/askbot/conf/", line 46, in getattr return getattr(self._instance, key).value

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/askbot-0.6.6-py2.6.egg/askbot/deps/livesettings/", line 353, in value val = self._value()

File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/askbot-0.6.6-py2.6.egg/askbot/deps/livesettings/", line 312, in _value raise SettingNotSet("Startup error, couldn't load %s.%s" %(, self.key))

SettingNotSet: ("Startup error, couldn't load USERSETTINGS.EDITABLESCREEN_NAME", None)

Evgeny's avatar
updated 2010-07-24 10:22:25 -0500
live2dream95's avatar
asked 2010-07-23 20:43:36 -0500
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Hi, what is your CACHE_BACKEND setting? (in

Also - what OS are you using?

I assume you've ran syncdb and migrate askbot commands beforehand...

I have seen a similar error when I switch CACHE_BACKEND from locmem:/// so something else but did not investigate the source of it yet. I'll try to figure this out this weekend.


Evgeny's avatar
updated 2010-07-24 10:23:46 -0500, answered 2010-07-24 10:10:38 -0500
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Thanks for the hints, I forgot to run syncdb and migrate commands. Now the installation appears to be working.
live2dream95's avatar live2dream95 (2010-07-24 10:30:34 -0500) edit
great, that's a relief.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-07-24 10:43:58 -0500) edit
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