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How does followit module work?

I installed the followit module as per the documentation, restarted my server, but still don't see any option to follow a user. Has this feature truly been implemented? Am I doing something wrong or overlooking something?

NoahY's avatar
asked 2011-06-03 15:04:34 -0500
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After the "followit" is added to the list of INSTALLED_APPS, and you run syncdb, in the output you should see info on newly created tables for following users.

If it does not tell that the tables were created, then something is wrong. The feature works here and on my development server.

Also a line must be added to your project's top level

The app should allow to install the "bridge" tables after registering the models to follow anywhere in the models module. In askbot it is done

    import followit
    followit.register(User) #allow users to follow other users
except ImportError:
    #don't do anything if followit app is not installed on the system.

This app creates a bridge model programmatically when calling followit.register(some_model_to_follow).

When you run syncdb it will also install any missing tables (but will not remove any unused tables) It is possible to register other models later and run syncdb again.

At the same time it adds methods:

To User (where x is the lowercased name of the model to follow):

  • get_followed_x()
  • is_following() (not sure, maybe it would be better to name it is_following_x() for consistency)
  • follow_x()
  • unfollow_x()

To the followed model - get_followers().

Evgeny's avatar
updated 2011-06-03 15:49:37 -0500, answered 2011-06-03 15:21:53 -0500
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something must be wrong... I added 'followit' to, and the pattern to urlpatterns in, then ran `python syncdb`. It says it synced followit, but I don't see any tables in the database for following... what are the table names that it creates?
NoahY's avatar NoahY (2011-06-03 17:37:05 -0500) edit
Noah, could you describe your environment? The table name is "followit_followuser"
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-06-03 17:49:10 -0500) edit
Do you have "followit.register()" call in your askbot/models/ ?
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-06-03 17:50:47 -0500) edit
I don't have a reference for followit in any of the files in the askbot directory... grep -R "followit" * brings up nothing :(
NoahY's avatar NoahY (2011-06-03 19:44:14 -0500) edit
I'm using MySQL, no table that starts with followit exists.
NoahY's avatar NoahY (2011-06-03 19:46:13 -0500) edit
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