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A buildout recipe to install and configure OpenERP

Project description

This is a buildout recipe to download, install and configure OpenERP server, web client and gtk client. It currently supports versions 6.0 and 6.1 and custom branches. You get 3 recipes at once. The recipe to use is the following:

  • For the server: recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:server
  • For the web client: recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:webclient
  • For the gtk client: recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:gtkclient

Recipe options

zc.recipe.egg options

This recipe reuses the zc.recipe.egg recipe, so the options are the same (eggs, interpreter, etc.) Consult the documentation here

specific options

It also adds a few specific options :

  • version: specify one of: * the version number of an official OpenERP (server, web client or gtk client) * a custom download: url * an absolute or a relative path: path /my/path/to/a/custom/openerp * the url of a custom bzr/hg/git/svn branch or repository. See addons below. The download area for official versions and custom downloads can be specified in the openerp-downloads-directory of the [buildout] section. Like all paths, if not absolute, it will be interpretated relatively to the buildout directory. By setting it in your default.cfg, you may share the downloads among different buildouts.
  • addons: specify additional addons, either a path or a repository.
  • script_name: specify the name of the startup script to generate

For the version and addons option, if you use a remote repository the syntax is:

type url directory revision
  • type can be bzr, hg, git or svn
  • url is any URL supported by the versionning tool
  • directory is the local directory that will be created
  • revision is any version specification supported

Official version

To use an official OpenERP version, just specify the version. For instance with the webclient:

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:webclient
version = 6.0.3

Note: with OpenERP 6.1 the web client is natively included in the server as a simple module. In that case you don’t need to write a separate part for the web client, unless that’s what you really want to do.

Custom or development version

If you want to use your own custom branch at revision 4751:

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:webclient
version = bzr webclient-debug 4751

If you don’t specify the revision, it will use the latest revision of the branch. The branch will be updated at each buildout run.

Custom addons

The addons option has a specific behaviour. You can use it to specify additional OpenERP addons, either a relative or absolute path or a specification for a version control system (VCS).

The first word of the value specifies the retrieval type (either local or a VCS short name). In the local case, the remainings of the value is the path on the filesystem (relative to the buildout directory or absolute).

In VCS cases, the syntax is uniformly:


Of these, URL and REVISION are interpreted by the prescribed VCS system, while DESTINATION is an absolute path on the filesystem, or relative to the buildout dir.

The currently supported VCS types are bzr,hg,git and svn.


addons = local ../some/relative/path/for/custom_addons/
         local /some/other/absolute/path/for/custom_addons
         bzr lp:openobject-addons/trunk/    addons0 last:1
         hg addons1 tip
         git addons2 master
         svn addons3 head

VCS sources are updated on each build according to the specified revision. You have to be careful with the revision specification.

Buildout offline mode is supported. In that case, update to the prescibed revision is performed, if the VCS allows it (Subversion does not).

OpenERP options

The OpenERP configuration files are generated by OpenERP itself in the buildout etc directory during the first buildout run. You can overwrite options in these config files in the recipe section of your buildout.cfg. The options must be written using a dotted notation prefixed with the name of the section. The specified options will just overwrite the existing options in the corresponding config files. You don’t have to replicate all the options in your buildout.cfg. If an option or a section does not exist in the openerp config file, it can be created from there.

For example you can specify the xmlrpc port for the server or even an additional option that does not exist in the default config file:

options.xmlrpc_port = 8069
options.additional_option = "foobar"

It will end-up in the server config as:

xmlrpc_port = 8069
additional_option = "foobar"

For the web client you can specify the company url with:

global.server.socket_port = 8080 = ''

It will modify the corresponding web client config:

server.socket_port = 8080

company.url = ''

Generated startup scripts

Startup scripts are created in the bin directory. By default the name is: start_<part_name>, so you can have several startup scripts for each part if you configure several OpenERP servers or clients. You can pass additional typical arguments to the server via the startup script, such as -i or -u options. You can choose another name for the script by using the script_name option.

Example OpenERP 6.0 buildout

Here is a sample buildout with versions specification, 2 OpenERP servers (with one using the latest 6.0 branch on the launchpad) using only NETRPC and listening on 2 different ports, and 2 web clients:

parts = openerp1 web1 openerp2 web2
#allow-picked-versions = false
versions = versions
find-links =

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:server
eggs = PIL
version = 6.0.3
options.xmlrpc = False
options.xmlrpcs = False

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:webclient
version = 6.0.3

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:server
eggs = PIL
version = bzr lp:openobject-server/6.0 openobject-server-6.x last:1

options.xmlrpc = False
options.xmlrpcs = False
options.netrpc_port = 8170

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:webclient
version = 6.0.3
global.openerp.server.port = '8170'
global.server.socket_port = 8180

MarkupSafe = 0.15
PIL = 1.1.7
anybox.recipe.openerp = 0.9
caldav = 0.1.10
collective.recipe.cmd = 0.5
coverage = 3.5
distribute = 0.6.25
feedparser = 5.0.1
lxml = 2.1.5
mako = 0.4.2
nose = 1.1.2
psycopg2 = 2.4.2
pychart = 1.39
pydot = 1.0.25
pyparsing = 1.5.6
python-dateutil = 1.5
pytz = 2012b
pywebdav =
pyyaml = 3.10
reportlab = 2.5
vobject = 0.8.1c
z3c.recipe.scripts = 1.0.1
zc.buildout = 1.5.2
zc.recipe.egg = 1.3.2
Babel = 0.9.6
FormEncode = 1.2.4
simplejson = 2.1.6

Example OpenERP 6.1 buildout

Here is a simple example for a stock OpenERP 6.1, with a GTK client, and a local addon you are developping for a client project:

parts = openerp gtk
#allow-picked-versions = false
versions = versions
find-links =

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:server
eggs = PIL
version = 6.1
addons = local ../path/to/my/local/addons

options.xmlrpc = False
options.xmlrpcs = False

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:gtkclient
version = 6.1

MarkupSafe = 0.15
PIL = 1.1.7
PyXML = 0.8.4
anybox.recipe.openerp = 0.9
babel = 0.9.6
distribute = 0.6.25
feedparser = 5.1.1
gdata = 2.0.16
lxml = 2.3.3
mako = 0.6.2
psycopg2 = 2.4.4
pychart = 1.39
pydot = 1.0.28
pyparsing = 1.5.6
python-dateutil = 1.5
python-ldap = 2.4.9
python-openid = 2.2.5
pytz = 2012b
pywebdav =
pyyaml = 3.10
reportlab = 2.5
simplejson = 2.4.0
vatnumber = 1.0
vobject = 0.8.1c
werkzeug = 0.8.3
xlwt = 0.7.3
zc.buildout = 1.5.2
zc.recipe.egg = 1.3.2
zsi = 2.0-rc3


Author and contributors:

  • Christophe Combelles
  • Georges Racinet

The primary branch is on the launchpad:

Please branch on the launchpad or contact the authors to report any bug or ask for a new feature.


0.11 (18-04-2012)

0.10 (02-04-2012)

  • fixed the sample buildouts in the readme file

0.9 (23-03-2012)

  • Clean-up and refactoring
  • Removed url option (download url supported through version)
  • Support OpenERP 6.1 and 6.0
  • Added an ‘addons’ option allowing remote repositories and local directories
  • Improved error messages
  • Updated the documentation
  • Handle bad Babel import in
  • Support offline mode of buildout
  • Create gtk client config without starting it

0.8 (20-12-2011)

  • handle deploying custom bzr branches

0.7 (14-09-2011)

  • handle new sections in openerp config

0.6 (11-09-2011)

  • Overwrite config files each time
  • Make the “dsextras” error more explicit (install PyGObject and PyGTK)
  • fixed some deps
  • improved the doc

0.5 (10-08-2011)

  • Use dotted notation to add openerp options in the generated configs

0.4 (09-08-2011)

  • Added support for the web client and gtk client

0.3 (08-08-2011)

  • fixed config file creation

0.2 (08-08-2011)

  • Pass the trailing args to the startup script of the server

0.1 (07-08-2011)

  • Initial implementation for the OpenERP server only

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