Some Windows Pinax help

This is just an overview: See the Wiki here for the nitty gritty…

For widows users: 1st thing which is not obvious is that all the installation steps must be done from the command shell in windows (preferably in admin mode if on Vista), from the correct directory. You do not use the python idle environment, nor do you explicitly invoke python, (except at the very end!!)

You must have SVN and GIT installed and on your path (which the “normal” installations take care of) note that Tortoise SVN is not sufficient (It does not have the command line interface) Slik svn does http://www.sliksvn.com/en/download, both can co-exist, Tortoise Git  http://code.google.com/p/tortoisegit/ is a good install for windows users and includes a complete tool set. The boot and install scripts depend and use these programs to install source code from many locations/libraries, really very cool…therefore you must have a good internet connection!!

You should probably execute the command shell with the “run as administrator” if using Vista, if xp you should be an administrator.

You do not need to do a checkout or download of any files other than the “pinax-boot.py” file, which should be placed in a directory that you want to use as your base installation directory.

a general outline of what happens…..
You run pinax-boot.py
It downloads the base Pinax repos and installation scripts.
You “activate” pinax-env
(it is really running in the command shell)
That changes your prompt. You will then do your directory changes within this new pinax-env prompt……
(this took a while for me to wrap my head around but I now agree that it’s a really neat good idea!!, I would not try without it)
pip install <<<this step processes a very long and involved script which gets numerous dependent/pre-requisite packages and places them properly in the “virtual-environment”
you remain in pinax-env all during this process….and following….
pinax-admin clone_project retrieves the proper stuff from the set of files that you have downloaded and sets up another directory containing just your project as a django project…
It is a good idea to go with the default sqllite db (ie. don’t touch settings!!)
Now follow the directions, again from within pinax-env,, and cd into your project directory and runserver.. You should get a nice pinax complaint about no db.. follow the instructions to syncdb and so on…

See the Wiki here for the nitty gritty…

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