// SOLACE //
~ a multilingual support system ~
~ INTRODUCTION ~
Solace is a multilingual support system developed at Plurk
for end user support. The application design is heavily
influenced by bulletin boards like phpBB and the new
stackoverflow programming community site.
~ INSTALLING ~
For a four-step quickstart have a look at the end of the
file. It explains how to quickly test Solace on your
Solace is developed in Python as a standard conforming WSGI
application with the help of the following libraries:
If you want to hack on Solace on your own the best way to get
started is using the all-mygthy `setup.py` script in a virtual
If you're not familiar with virtualenv, be sure to have it
installed and run it like this in the solace folder:
$ virtualenv env
Aferwards you can activate it. On linux or OS X you can use
the following command:
$ source env/bin/activate
If you're working on a Windows box, use the activate batch
After you have activated the environment you can use the
`develop` command from the setup script to start working on
$ python setup.py develop
If you want to install it into a virtual environment (or
system wide, which we however do not recommend) you can use
the `install` command
$ python setup.py install
Both `develop` and `install` will take care of dependencies
~ THE CONFIGURATION ~
Where does Solace get the settings from? It comes with some
default settings that unless overridden will be the ones it
uses. The defaults are intended for development purposes only
have *have to be changed* if you want to use Solace in
WHen Solace initializes it checks for a `SOLACE_SETTINGS_FILE`
environment variable. If it finds one, it will execute the
file set as a Python script and overrides the assigned variables
in that script in the config.
DATABASE_URI = 'mysql://root@localhost/my_database'
SECRET_KEY = 'a-super-secret-and-random-key'
~ SERVER SETUP ~
As mentioned before Solace is a WSGI application. The WSGI
application object is know as `solace.application.application`.
For example if you want to use `mod_wsgi` all you have to do
is to create a `solace.wsgi` file with the following contents:
from solace.application import application
This however would require that the `SOLACE_SETTINGS_FILE`
variable is set in the server config. If you don't want to
do that, you can also set it in the `.wsgi` file or tell
the settings system to load the config from a file:
from solace import settings
from solace.application import application
Be sure to use absolute paths for the configuration!
~ LOCAL TEST SERVER ~
If you want to test Solace locally or hack on it, you can use
the `runserver` command of the setup script:
$ python setup.py runserver
This will start a development server on `localhost:3000`.
~ DATABASE INITIALIZATION ~
Solace uses a database for testing. Currently the following
database systems are supported:
We recommend sqlite3 for testing (which incidentally is the
defualt) and Postgres for production.
To initialize the database make sure to have the database
URI set in a config, the `SOLACE_SETTINGS_FILE` environment
variable exported and then run the following command:
$ python setup.py initdb
This will create the database tables for you.
If you also want a administrator user to be created you
can sue the `reset` command instead:
$ python setup.py reset
This is especially handy during development.
~ TESTING ~
Solace is using standard Python unittests which you can run
from the `setup.py` script
$ python setup.py test
If you want to fill the database with data for testing you can
use the setup script as well:
$ python setup.py make_testdata
Warning on tests: For tests make sure to have a newer version
than 0.5.1 in your venv (at the time of this writing this means
installing a development version) due to a bug in the redirect
support and path quoting of the test client in 0.5.1.
~ QUICKSTART ~
- make sure to have virtualenv installed
- run "virtualenv env" in the folder that contains this file.
- depending on your operating system run:
Linux / OS X: "source env/bin/activate"
- run "python setup.py develop"
- run "python setup.py reset"
- run "python setup.py runserver"
The server will then run on `localhost:3000`. The database
is stored in a temporary folder unless you provide a config.
This is fine for development and testing.