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About PyDitz


This package is intended to be a drop-in replacement for the Ditz distributed issue tracker. It provides a pyditz command-line program, which acts (mostly) the same way as ditz, and it adds several other nice things too:

  • Whereas ditz, when typed on its own, runs the todo command, pyditz drops you into a command shell where you can run Ditz commands and get completion on command names, issue names and release names according to context.
  • With pyditz, you don't have to run it from the same directory where the issue database is; it will look in parent directories for it.
  • It keeps an intelligent cache of issues, so parsing of all the YAML files isn't necessary for each command. This greatly improves speed when you have lots of issues.
  • You can use the database engine of PyDitz in Python programs to migrate bug databases to and from Ditz format, or create summary reports in your own favourite format. Me, I prefer reStructuredText and rst2pdf.


To install and run it:
PyYAML and Jinja2
To run the test suite:
Nose, Mock and Coverage
To build source distributions from the checked-out Mercurial repo:
To build the documentation:
Sphinx and the napoleon extension


The usual incantation will install things:

python install

This will install the ditz module and a console command called pyditz to invoke in a similar manner to the original ditz.

If you want to shadow the original completely, and have the ditz command run this instead, create a file called .ditzrc in your home directory and add these lines:

command = ditz

This only takes effect at installation time. Of course, instead of ditz you can choose anything else more keyboard-friendly.


The current documentation can be found online here.


PyDitz is distributed under the GNU General Public License, v2.

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