Transifex is a not-so-well-known opensource localization platform, written in Python and running on Django (a Python based application server, if you don’t know it). So, being not so well known, there isn’t a lot of documentation about it, and how to install it under Debian 5 Lenny it’s almost undocumented. So, here we go.
First of all, you have to install some packages. Luckily Lenny has got lot of them, although not all the needed
# aptitude install django python-urlgrabber python-setuptools python-pygments python-openid python-markdown python-httplib2 # aptitude install subversion # aptitude install python-mysqldb # aptitude install build-essential python-dev
These should be all the packages needed by Transifex which are available as deb packages. Now let’s install the remaining ones through easy_install
# easy_install django-authopenid django-pagination # easy_install -f http://transifex.org/files/eggs/ contact_form tagging # easy_install django-notification # easy_install mercurial
Now the last package, django_evolution which is, AFAIK, only available as an SVN checkout from Google Code
# svn checkout http://django-evolution.googlecode.com/svn/trunk /tmp/django-evol # mv /tmp/django-evol/django_evolution /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/
Now we can download the Transifex tarball
# cd /tmp && wget http://transifex.org/files/transifex-0.6.tar.gz # tar xzvf transifex-0.6.tar.gz # cp -a transifex-0.6/transifex /var/www
Now we have to edit some configuration files located in /var/www/transifex/settings with particular attention to the database backend configuration stored in 20-engines.conf. Take this as example
DATABASE_ENGINE = 'mysql' DATABASE_NAME = 'transifex' DATABASE_USER = 'transifex' DATABASE_PASSWORD = 'secret_password' DATABASE_HOST = 'ADDRESS-OF-YOUR-DB' # Set to empty string for local socket DATABASE_PORT = '3306' # Set to empty string for default
obviously you must create a database (called ‘transifex’ in this example) in your database server and give full permissions to a dedicated user (called ‘transifex’ with ‘secret_password’ as password in this example). You can do it with these commands in your mysql console:
CREATE DATABASE transifex; GRANT ALL ON transifex.* to 'transifex'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'secret_password';
Now we can run the configuration scripts, located in the transifex’s base dir
# cd /var/www/transifex # ./manage.py syncdb # ./manage.py txcreatedirs # ./manage.py runserver
Now we can execute a server instance, listening on address $IPADDRESS and port 8088, and then we can access it fro http://$IPADDRESS:8088 in our web browser. Remember to use nohup if yoiu want to detach it from the console
# ./manage.py $IPADDRESS:8088
5 thoughts on “HOWTO: install Transifex with Mysql on Debian Lenny”
Cool, great stuff. This helped me, thanks.
I installed Transifex on etch, but the instructions seem to have worked fine.
The last manage command is missing a runserver I guess. :)
Updated. Thanks Cosimo.
Nice tutorial! After a lot of struggling with one last bit I would like to add the following info:
use ./manage.py syncdb –migrate (if you get migration errors, the simple ./manage.py migrate does not work always)
use ./manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:8088 (if you want it to listen to all ips)
Nice Tutorial. New at django and python, I followed and adapted where needed.
Just used it for a new install in Ubuntu 11.04. A few adjustement needed:
apt-get python-django instead of django
The easy install of form_contact does not work anymore, but the documentation in the form_contact packages allows for a proper install:
tar zxvf contact_form-0.3.tar.gz
python setup.py install
The django-evol needs to be put in python 2.7 (default in Ubuntu 11.04)
All that goes well till the final setup: none of the ./manage.py commands work. They all request ‘missing modules’, the first one encountered being django_filters
Knowing very little of both django and python I am currently stuck. Information found on python web page does not provide easy help for a newbie. Seems something related to pythonpath, but I cant get sys.path updated (neither through python directly … did not find the save command, not though pythonpath in linux as it did not recognize the command).
Little help, please.
Self reply… Most of the install can be done through apt-get those days – with a limited number of exception that you can grab through easy_install. I should probably have started that way. Looking at the internal manual give idea on all the dependencies requires – many more in version 1.0.0
I got it almost working. I am just missing a load of documents in site_media.