[Setup] new production server - buildout or source?

Sergey V. sergey.volobuev at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 08:28:55 UTC 2008

ikcarr wrote:
> I'm setting up a new production server and I'm not quite sure if I should
> go the source path or use buildout. 

Installing most third-party products without a buildout is a P.I.T.A
nowadays - they're all eggified now.

On the other hand, using buildout makes everything much simpler even
compared to "unpack it into Products folder" approach.

To move from dev to production you do:

svn co svn://my.svn.server/thecoolsite/trunk/buildout
cd buildout
python2.4 bootstrap.py
bin/buildout -c production.cfg
bin/instance start

and that should be it. Transferring any updates from your dev machine to
production is as simple as

(...you may or may not want to do "bin/instance stop" here)
svn up
bin/buildout -c production.cfg
bin/instance restart

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