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How to setup AskBot with virtualenv?

Has anyone try virtualenv with AskBot?

DealsVistaCom's avatar
asked 2011-05-30 01:52:57 -0500
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My rough step to step guide

There are still security risks and other non-functional settings. Please help to make it better. Currently, that is the only way for me to avoid 500 internal server error. Assuming my website name is


cd /home/deals/howtox    
virtualenv --no-site-package virtpy    
source virtpy/bin/activate

Then, I followed the instruction here:

pip install askbot

Then,set up mysql db user and pass, and then

create database howtox DEFAULT CHARACTER SET UTF8 COLLATE utf8_general_ci;


startforum forum
python syncdb
python migrate askbot
python migrate django_authopenid

The key is the order of sys.path in django.wsgi file. An "egg-cache" dir is also needed. The following file is working:

import os
import sys

# prev sys path
prev_sys_path = list(sys.path)

import site

# Avoid error msg
import os

current_directory = os.path.dirname(__file__)
parent_directory = os.path.dirname(current_directory)
module_name = os.path.basename(current_directory)


# reorder sys.path so new dir show up first
new_sys_path = [p for p in sys.path if p not in prev_sys_path]
for item in new_sys_path:
sys.path[:0] = new_sys_path

os.environ['DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE'] = '%s.settings' % module_name
import django.core.handlers.wsgi
application = django.core.handlers.wsgi.WSGIHandler()

In the end, I have the following directory setup:

- /home/deals/howtox
-- forum (django.wsgi is under this dir)
-- virtpy
- /var/www/
-- egg-cache

To make it complete. I am also throwing in my apache config file - /etc/apache2/sites-available/ Please note this is incomplete (static file is not working), but at least it is not giving 500.


    #Rewrite URL
#   RewriteEngine On
#   RewriteCond %{HTTP_POST} ^
#   RewriteRule (.*)$1 [R=301,L]

    ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/howtox_com_error.log
    CustomLog /var/log/apache2/howtox_com_access.log combined

    #Setup mod_wsgi
    WSGIScriptAlias / /home/deals/howtox/forum/django.wsgi

    <Directory /home/deals/howtox/forum>
        Order deny,allow
        Allow from all

Another random tip:

sudo doesn't bring the virtualenv with it! You have to su first, and then enter the virtualenv, and then do python bla bla

answered 2011-05-30 02:23:30 -0500
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Thanks for sharing! This is the only solution that's working for me.

Vlad's avatar Vlad (2012-04-15 13:23:10 -0500) edit
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I've created wiki page about it, askbot with virtualenv, uwsgi, nginx, everything on single IP with uwsgi and nginx as virtualhosts. Please feel free to add and correct :)

DominiCattus's avatar
updated 2011-05-30 17:40:10 -0500, answered 2011-05-30 02:33:52 -0500
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Thanks a lot!
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-05-30 06:34:47 -0500) edit
The problem is you are using nginx, uwsgi while I am using Apache + modwsgi
DealsVistaCom's avatar DealsVistaCom (2011-05-30 10:53:08 -0500) edit
Actually, you can contribute your Apache configs to this wiki article, so there will be various implementations.
DominiCattus's avatar DominiCattus (2011-05-30 17:39:22 -0500) edit
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