Opened 13 years ago

Last modified 9 years ago

#40 closed task (FIXED)

Document how to run without dev environment

Reported by: Sebastian Spaeth Owned by: Sam Kleinman
Priority: minor Milestone: 0.1.0
Component: documentation Keywords:
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The current docs show nicely how to set up a dev environment,
however it is not clear how to set up the thing in a non-dev way
(I guess that is the "deployment" docs, right?)

Here are some things to consider when writing this. I got it up and
running in Ubuntu Maverick in a non-dev way. I had to install some
things with "pip" and used the distribution packages whenever

So stuff that needs documentation:

paster running on port 80 is not possible without having the whole
thing running as root. Which will then require to also have celeryd
running as root, as it needs to delete files that paster put there.
I solved this in a very hackish way with "Capabilities" on Linux.
Downside is, I had to grant /usr/bin/python the permission to
access ports <1024. I achieved this with


    sudo setcap 'cap_net_bind_service=+ep' /usr/bin/python2.6

(not saying we should recommend that to anyone. I guess we will
propose to run this as a local user on a nonpriviledged port and
proxy it through nginx or so.

Anyway, it runs beautiful as www-data on my server now.

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comment:1 by Will Kahn-Greene, 13 years ago

Owner: set to Will Kahn-Greene
Priority: LowNormal
You're right--this is what the deployment howto is for.

Deployment definitely won't use paster. Much like PyBlosxom, we're
using Paste for hacking, but GNU MediaGoblin is a WSGI application
and thus should be set up using a WSGI application runner like
mod\_wsgi or something like that. I don't think we should work on
this right now, but we definitely have to work this out when we get
closer to an alpha release.

So to summarize:

Sometime when we're closer to an alpha, we should work out ideal
configurations for deployment and document them in the deployment

I'm going to unassign myself.

by Sebastian Spaeth, 13 years ago

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comment:2 by Sebastian Spaeth, 13 years ago

Some more random notes on how I got it to run with nginx & fcgi &
flup rather than paster:

Assume mediagoblin checkout in /home/spaetz/src/mediagoblin
Install python-flup.
Put into /var/www/mediagoblin/

1. Have mongodb started
2. start celeryd: sudo -u www-data
3. Start mediagoblin as fcgi: "sudo -u www-data spawn-fcgi
   -p 8000" (use -n for not backgrounding so you can ctrl-c it)
4. Start nginx forwarding fcgi from port 8000: (will attache site


by Sebastian Spaeth, 13 years ago

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comment:3 by Will Kahn-Greene, 13 years ago

Component: Documentation
Milestone: 0.1.0
Owner: set to Sam Kleinman
This waters down to "write documentation on how to deploy
mediagoblin". That's something we should have in the manual for
0.1.0. Given that, I'm assigning to Sam and re-targeting.

Sam: You probably want to get help from Chris and whoever else
Chris thinks would help out.

comment:4 by Christopher Allan Webber, 13 years ago

When we suggest how to do deployments, I'd actually like to do
Virtualenv rather than buildout as we're doing it now.

(btw, the OpenHatch people have been changing to do that for both
deployment and development.... might be a good idea for us to
follow that lead...)

comment:5 by Christopher Allan Webber, 13 years ago

Status: NewClosed
Marking this as closed, as we basically got this happening in
deployment documentation in the sphinx docs.

Future work on this should happen in `#567 </issues/567>`_

comment:6 by Will Kahn-Greene, 12 years ago

The original url for this bug was .
#237: related

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