I spent a little time last night trying to assemble an application
using DjangoKit without much success.
I’m running Python 2.5 on a PowerBook with Mac OS 10.4. I downloaded
and installed PyObjC from source so it would compile (I thought) against
the right version of Python, then installed DjangoKit using
python setup.py install. Everything seemed to be working, and I was
able to build an application. But when I ran that app, it produced an
error about the version of the SQLite libraries being used (2 instead of
3) and missing libraries.
I gave up on Python 2.5, re-installed PyObjC and DjangoKit for 2.4 and
tried again. Same error.
Just for grins, I copied the app over to my wife’s laptop (she has a
MacBook Pro). The result was, of course, a new error about the platform.
No universal binaries? Really?
I’m sure there are options, or something, that I’m leaving out when I
build the app. This was mostly an experiment, and I was in a hurry, so I
gave up easily and just installed the django code I wanted on an
existing (Linux) web server and let her use that instead of messing with
a desktop application.
Has anyone else had more success building portable Python apps, esp.
with django, on Mac OS X?
Of course I knew better than to post in frustration when I posted this
originally. In my haste, I didn’t post sample code, the error message,
or much of the rest of the information I would have wanted if I was the
DjangoKit author trying to help someone out. Nonetheless, Tom did some
digging anyway and offered suggestions. Others did as well. Thanks! I
finally found time to follow up, and am coming closer to an answer.
Here are the full details
The application is very, very simple. The model just contains 2
classes for creating an index of a pile of Cook’s Illustrated magazine
we have laying around the house. There is no front-end, since the admin
views already provide the functionality she wanted. I thought I would be
cute and bundle it as a desktop app for Ms. PyMOTW, instead of setting
the app up on my web server. I have packaged the sample code and placed
it on my server.
I have included 2 separate setup.py files (setup.py and
djangokit_setup.py). I couldn’t package the source using the DjangoKit
version of setup:
I only seem to get the error if my dist directory includes the
application, too. Otherwise I get a minimal package with the name
‘UNKNOWN’. So, the tarball was packaged with a regular distutils
setup.py. That’s not a big problem, since it is easy to use separate
When I ran python djangokit_setup.py py2app, the first time it
reported this error:
*** creating application bundle: Cook's Illustrated Index *** error: can't copy 'media': doesn't exist or not a regular file
I eventually figured out (guessed) that even though I don’t have any
external media, I need a media directory at the same level in the
directory tree as the setup file. Creating the directory let me create
the app. Running that app gives me this traceback:
Traceback (most recent call last): File "/Users/dhellmann/Devel/personal/CooksIndex/trunk/dist/Cook's Illustrated Index.app/Contents/Resources/__boot__.py", line 31, in _run('app.py') File "/Users/dhellmann/Devel/personal/CooksIndex/trunk/dist/Cook's Illustrated Index.app/Contents/Resources/__boot__.py", line 28, in _run execfile(path, globals(), globals()) File "/Users/dhellmann/Devel/personal/CooksIndex/trunk/dist/Cook's Illustrated Index.app/Contents/Resources/app.py", line 9, in from pysqlite2 import dbapi2 as sqlite ImportError: No module named pysqlite2
That brings the error reporting up to date, without trying any of the
suggestions in the comments, yet. As I mentioned, the code itself works
if I run django outside of the packaged application (from the command
line, etc.). So I’m confident that my own imports are valid, etc.
Based on a hint from Tom (in the comments, he suggests that I install
pysqlite2), I tried editing the app.py file created inside the
application to import from sqlite3 instead of sqlite2. Editing the file
directly didn’t do it. Editing the copy already in my application
changed the error message to:
Traceback (most recent call last): File "/Users/dhellmann/Devel/personal/CooksIndex/trunk/dist/Cook's Illustrated Index.app/Contents/Resources/__boot__.py", line 31, in _run('app.py') File "/Users/dhellmann/Devel/personal/CooksIndex/trunk/dist/Cook's Illustrated Index.app/Contents/Resources/__boot__.py", line 28, in _run execfile(path, globals(), globals()) File "/Users/dhellmann/Devel/personal/CooksIndex/trunk/dist/Cook's Illustrated Index.app/Contents/Resources/app.py", line 10, in from sqlite3 import dbapi2 as sqlite ImportError: No module named sqlite3
Next I tried editing the version of app.py in
After removing the application and rebuilding, I see the same error.
So I finally broke down and installed the pysqlte2 package Tom
pointed out for me. The package seems to imply that it is for Python
2.4, and I’m running 2.5, but I installed it anyway.
The application Packaged with python 2.5 gave me “No module named
pysqlite2” when I ran it. Repackaged using “python2.4
djangokit_setup.py py2app”, I got the app to run but it does not seem
to actually work. The console log shows this:
2007-06-23 15:07:28.403 Cook's Illustrated Index creating support folder /Users/dhellmann/Library/Application Support/DjangoKit/CooksIndex 2007-06-23 15:07:28.405 Cook's Illustrated Index installing default database Starting web server on port 10557 Unhandled exception in thread started by Traceback (most recent call last): File "/Users/dhellmann/Devel/personal/CooksIndex/trunk/dist/Cook's Illustrated Index.app/Contents/Resources/app.py", line 81, in startWebServer handler = AdminMediaHandler(WSGIHandler(), path) TypeError: __init__() takes exactly 2 arguments (3 given)
So, I am a lot closer but not quite where I would like to be. I don’t
really care whether I package under 2.4 or 2.5, so long as the result
runs on my wife’s laptop, which doesn’t have any development packages