[Setup] Installing collective.contacts

dblack7777 neil.gibbs at gmail.com
Tue Mar 8 01:51:03 UTC 2011


I've had success using the buildout method on Win 7 (not so much on Win
Server 2008 just yet). The overview here is pretty good IMO:


1. Make sure that you have buildout looking for packages out at
dist.plone.org for your version. To set this, open buildout.cfg (in the
location where you installed Plone) with a good text editor (Notepad++ works
well). To be safe, go to the start menu, right-click on the text editor
entry and hit "Run as Administrator). Look for the following in the file:

     extends =

and make sure it looks like this:

extends = 

2. Also in the buildout.cfg file, look for "Eggs=" and then add this (under


3. Go to Start - Accessories - Windows PowerShell, and then right-click on
PowerShell and hit "Run as Administrator."

4. Use "cd" to go to the folder where you installed Plone. For example, this
would change directory if you installed Plone in C:\Program Files\Plone:

    cd C:\Program Files\Plone

5. Run the following command after you run the cd command above:

    ./bin/buildout -Nv

7. Buildout will then go to dist.plone.org and download the packages
required to install collective.contacts.

8. Once that completes (might take a few minutes), keep PowerShell open.
Stop Plone by running:

    ./bin/plonectl stop

9. Then start Plone in debug mode:

    ./bin/instance.exe fg

10. Then navigate your way on the site setup in Plone control panel (usually
http://localhost:8080/plone/). You should see the new add-on in the add-ons

If the add-on does not appear to the list or if Plone site fails to start in
debug mode, the most probably cause is that the add-on is not compatible
with your Plone version.

More info on troubleshooting addon installs is available at:


Hope this helps.

Neil Gibbs

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