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numericube-twistranet 2.0.0

twistranet - An Enterprise Social Network

This is the twistranet project!

(c)2011 NumeriCube (http://www.numericube.com)

Official website: http://www.twistranet.com / French version on http://www.twistranet.fr

About

twistranet is an Enterprise Social Software. It’s a Social Network you can use to help people collaborate. And it is also a nice CMS (Content Management System) with a social focus.

twistranet is published under the termes of the GNU Affero General Public License v3.

Requirements

TwistraNet is written in PYTHON (>= 2.6) Twistranet is based on Django Framework (as of writing, for v2.0.0 Django >= 1.4 is mandatory,)

If Django is always installed you can install twistranet over your Django platform. Otherwise The last Django version will be downloaded and installed at setup.

Other requirements:

Installation

Installation - short version

  • Install requirements (Python 2.6, pip and PIL)
  • In any directory, just execute:
    • (sudo) pip install numericube-twistranet

twistranet is now installed. You can have many sites with just one twistranet installation, so you need to explicitly deploy and bootstrap your new site.

  • (sudo) twistranet_project <path_to_my_new_site>

Don’t forget to write down your generated admin password (just look at first server start LOG)!!

Your server should now be fully working and running on http://localhost:8000 !

If you want to start it again:

  • cd <path_to_my_new_site>
  • python ./manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:8000

Installation - the Big Picture

Installation is in fact a 2 steps process. You must install twistranet’s core features as a python library, then you have to create a project (which is an instance of a twistranet site).

To install twistranet’s core features:

  • Download and install Python >= 2.6 (with pip and PIL)
  • Execute (as a superuser) “pip install numericube-twistranet” ; this will normally download and install twistranet and all dependencies.

To create a new project:

  • In the directory you want your website files created, type “python twistranet_project -n [<template>] <project_path>”,

    where <project_path> is the name of your site (it will be created by the process) ; <template> is the name of the project template to deploy. Currently admitted values are:

    • ‘default’ (which is… the default value), an empty project based on sqlite;
    • ‘cogip’, a sample french-language project of a fictious company called COGIP.

The ‘-n’ (or ‘–no-bootstrap’) is an option to tell the twistranet_project script not to bootstrap it immediately (the bootstraping process is the initial database feed).

You can do it by hand once (and only once!) with the following commands:

  • Go to your <project_path>

  • Review the settings.py file and local_settings.py, change to whatever suits your needs.

    Among other things, carefully choose your DATABASE scheme, your LDAP/AD settings and the ‘admin’ password that has been generated for you.

  • Execute “./manage.py bootstrap” to build the database

Running Twistranet :

  • Execute ./manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0 to start playing with twistranet.
  • Point your browser at http://localhost:8000

More informations

You can get more informations in the “docs” folder inside the package about:

  • installing pip
  • installing/upgrading/uninstalling twistranet with pip
  • installing twistranet with pip behind a proxy
  • installing Twistranet for testing and development (using virtualenv / installing in place the devel package from github.com / localization / running tests …)
  • Running Twistranet in debug mode

Troubleshooting

No image / thumbnail on my fresh twistranet instance!

This is probably a problem with python-imaging installation. Just install PIL for your OS.

Under debian, the easiest is to do “apt-get install python-imaging”.

error: Could not find required distribution Django

If you’ve got this message, that means the autoinstall procedure of twistranet can’t install django automatically. Just install django (see www.django-project.org) either from sources or from a package from your OS, and run “python setup.py install” again.

I’ve lost my admin password!

It’s easy to set a new one.

  • Stop your server
  • Run ./manage.py changepassword admin (and change your password)
  • Start your server again

error when using mod_python

mod_wsgi is recommended, but if you need mod_python this little django1.2.5 hack is needed :

  • in django.http.init: do not use “from mod_python.util import parse_qsl”

replace the lines 7 to 11 with:

from cgi import parse_qsl

Thanks to esimorre https://github.com/numericube/twistranet/issues#issue/6

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