Django, Redmine both on the same vhost in apache

I’ve spent a good portion of my day messing with this, asking questions in various channels on, and generally trying to not let my head explode.

What ‘this’ is exactly is this:

I wanted my django app to run on / of my domain. Since I don’t own my domain it would be easiest(or so I thought) to setup redmine on /redmine of my domain. This way it is only one domain and I can run my bug/project tracker on the same place as my website.

That shows that I have it all working, now how did I do it… It will be simple for you but was not a simple process for me due to a couple settings I had tweaked without realizing the effect.

First off lets get the django app setup, I use mod_wsgi for my django apps, and run them in daemon mode so I can easily update the app without taking down the server at all.

My wsgi file (should look pretty typical for those who have seen one before):

import os
import sys

root_dir = os.path.abspath(os.path.join(os.path.dirname(__file__), '..'))

os.environ['DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE'] = 'recipes.settings'

import django.core.handlers.wsgi
application = django.core.handlers.wsgi.WSGIHandler()

You’ll need to toss

LoadModule wsgi_module modules/

into your httpd.conf

Here is my vhost stuff without the Redmine stuff in it:

<virtualhost 80="">

Alias /media /srv/wsgi/recipes/media

<directory srv="" wsgi="" recipes="" media="">
Order allow,deny
Options Indexes FollowSymlinks
Allow from all

WSGIDaemonProcess recipes python-path=/srv/wsgi/recipes/lib/python2.6/site-packages display-name=%{GROUP}
WSGIProcessGroup recipes
WSGIScriptAlias / /srv/wsgi/recipes/recipes.wsgi

<directory srv="" wsgi="" recipes="">
Order deny,allow
Allow from all

So far this should look pretty typical for anyone who has ever setup a django vhost with apache.

Now for Redmine I chose to use Phusion, why you might ask? Well sycopomp uses it and when I asked him why, because he found a guide somewhere that made it easy and his memory usage isn’t very high. So basically, not for any good reason.

Go ahead and symlink your redmine/public directory into your DocumentRoot for me that was /srv/http.

You’ll have to install Phusion:

gem install passenger

That will toss up a helpful wizard to do the installation for you with a couple of prompts. You will need to copy the lines from the wizard into your httpd.conf, they should look something like:

LoadModule passenger_module /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/passenger-2.2.9/ext/apache2/
PassengerRoot /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/passenger-2.2.9
PassengerRuby /usr/bin/ruby

Next we need to add a line to our vhost and change another one, first line we’ll add tells the server where to find and put redmine:

RailsBaseURI /redmine

And secondly we need to change out:

WSGIScriptAlias / /srv/wsgi/recipes/recipes.wsgi

Add put in the following instead since that will make django not catch /redmine:

WSGIScriptAliasMatch ^\/(?!redmine(.*)) /srv/wsgi/recipes/recipes.wsgi

Restart the server and we should be good.

I didn’t make this page/code as generic as I could have but hopefully you can get the meaning from it, if not the kind folks in #httpd on can help you. They’ll understand this if you don’t. Also, do what some like to call frobbing, play with it, break it, whatever it takes so you understand it.

bpython and django

There are a few posts out there to get basic support for django inside of bpython but I as far as I have seen they ignore the virtualenv stuff that most of us django users do.

virtualenv is a must when doing development on django projects, especially when you have several projects going on the same machine or you want to involve other developers. It allows for a clean environment with known versions of every package that is installed inside of the virtualenv.

The first part of this is a known hack or method (take your pick) to make bpython recognize the django project.

First you need to modify your ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile (system dependent as to which is used) and add the following line to it:

export PYTHONSTARTUP=~/.pythonrc

What this does is it tells python to run ‘~/.pythonrc’ before it does anything else in the interpreter, this is a python specific thing not bpython specific thing.

Next you need to create the ~/.pythonrc file and put the following into it:

   from import setup_environ
   import settings

Now if we didn’t care about virtualenv we’d be completely done. If you go the less strict route and don’t use –no-site-packages (the switch means that system wide packages are to be ignored in the virtualenv) then you will need to edit your bpython binary, most commonly located at /usr/bin/bpython or /usr/local/bin/bpython and change the shebang from:


(it may be /usr/local/bin/python)

#!/usr/bin/env python

This makes bpython use the value of the environment variable python instead of using a specific binary, the environment variable gets set by virtualenv so you are good to go after this.

If you use –no-site-packages then you will have to install bpython in each virtualenv that you want to use it in.

If you have any questions toss them in the comments or find me on freenode as Wraithan.