Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Setuptools' include_package_data does not work

MANIFEST.in not honoured during install phase

The python package setup procedure appears to be a mess, you have setuptools, distutils, distutils2 on the way and something new in Python3. All I set out to do was to fix the installation setup.py in django-simplemenu package which was omitting the not python plain locale directory but instead got myself involved a 3 hour roller coaster.

Including sub directories and non python files as part of package

There are two ways: MANIFEST.in file and package_data setup.py option. The latter is Pythonic but doesn’t do recursive includes - so you would have to list every sub directory - and can not include files in the root top most folder; sure once could write a python function to do this but why the complexity? MANIFEST.in with its file/directory pattern matching and with the setup.py's ``include_package_data`` option fits the bill:

``include_package_data``
    If set to ``True``, this tells ``setuptools`` to automatically include any
    data files it finds inside your package directories, that are either under
    CVS or Subversion control, or which are specified by your ``MANIFEST.in``
    file.  For more information, see the section below on `Including Data
    Files`_.

The problem is that does not work, files specified in MAIFEST.in weren't being copied during install. After searching and trial an error the solution was to use distutils instead of the setuptools package. So if you are having issues import distuitls rather then setuptools.

My django-simplemenu setup.py

from distutils.core import setup
from setuptools import find_packages
package = __import__('simplemenu')
setup(name='django-simplemenu',
    version=package.get_version(),
    url='http://github.com/danielsokolowski/django-simplemenu',
    license='BSD',
    description=package.__doc__.strip(),
    author='Alex Vasi , Justin Steward , Daniel Sokolowski ',
    author_email='unemelpmis-ognajd@danols.com',
    include_package_data=True, # this will use MANIFEST.in during install where we specify all of our additional files
    packages=find_packages(),
    # Below is not needed as we are utilizing MANIFEST.in 
    #package_data={'simplemenu': ['locale/en/LC_MESSAGES/*', 
    #                             'locale/ru/LC_MESSAGES/*']
    #              },
    scripts=[],
    requires=[],
    )

My django-simplemenu MANIFEST.in

include LICENSE
include README.rst
recursive-include simplemenu *.py
recursive-include simplemenu/locale *
prune simplemenu/migrations

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Verify Google+ Local Pages

But old style Google Places pages are still out of luck

Early this month Google introduced functionality to verify the new Google+ Local pages - not the old style Google Places which will be eventually migrated - but the new Google+ pages that must be created under the Local Business or Place category.

The process is simple consists of having a Post Card with a unique pin mailed to your businesse's address. Once that is accomplished your brand page will look something like The Meatball Shop Google+ Page and more importantingly it will be unified accross Google's Search, Google Maps, and Google+.

Business utilizing the former Google Places will be eventually transitioned to Google+ Local. For more information please see the oficial FAQ and discussion threads here and here

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Unscheduled Secuirty Updates

Web site service might be interrupted for short duration today while we update our web server framework stack to prevent a potential security issues.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and will update on progress as needed.