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A Buildout recipe to install and configure pycsw Catalog Service (CSW) with Anaconda.

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birdhousebuilder.recipe.pycsw is a Buildout recipe to install and configure pycsw with Anaconda. pycsw is a Python implementation of a Catalog Service for the Web (CSW). pycsw will be deployed as a Supervisor service and is available on a Nginx web server.

This recipe is used by the Birdhouse project.


The recipe requires that Anaconda is already installed. It assumes that the default Anaconda location is in your home directory ~/anaconda. Otherwise you need to set the ANACONDA_HOME environment variable or the Buildout option anaconda-home.

It installs the pycsw package from a conda channel in a conda environment named birdhouse. The location of the birdhouse environment is .conda/envs/birdhouse. It setups a pycsw database (sqlite) in ~/.conda/envs/birdhouse/var/lib/pycsw. It deploys a Supervisor configuration for pycsw in ~/.conda/envs/birdhouse/etc/supervisor/conf.d/pycsw.conf. Supervisor can be started with ~/.conda/envs/birdhouse/etc/init.d/supervisor start.

The recipe will install the nginx package from a conda channel and deploy a Nginx site configuration for pycsw. The configuration will be deployed in ~/.conda/envs/birdhouse/etc/nginx/conf.d/pycsw.conf.

By default pycsw will be available on http://localhost:8082/csw?service=CSW&version=2.0.2&request=GetCapabilities.

The recipe depends on birdhousebuilder.recipe.conda, birdhousebuilder.recipe.supervisor and birdhousebuilder.recipe.nginx.

Supported options

The recipe supports the following options:

Buildout option with the root folder of the Anaconda installation. Default: $HOME/anaconda. The default location can also be set with the environment variable ANACONDA_HOME. Example:
    export ANACONDA_HOME=/opt/anaconda

Search priority is:

1. ``anaconda-home`` in ``buildout.cfg``
3. ``$HOME/anaconda``
The hostname of the pycsw service (nginx). Default: localhost
The port of the pycsw service (nginx). Default: 8082
Allow transactions. Default: true
The IPs allowed to access this pycsw service. Default:

Example usage

The following example buildout.cfg installs pycsw with Anaconda:

.. code-block:: ini

[buildout] parts = pycsw

anaconda-home = /opt/anaconda

[pycsw] recipe = birdhousebuilder.recipe.pycsw hostname = localhost port = 8082

After installing with Buildout start the pycsw service with:

$ cd /home/myself/.conda/envs/birdhouse
$ etc/init.d/supervisord start       # start|stop|restart
$ bin/supervisorctl status           # check that pycsw is running
$ less var/log/supervisor/pycsw.log  # check log file

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Carsten Ehbrecht ehbrecht at

Change History

0.3.0 (2015-12-18)

  • added options allowed_ips and transactions.
  • updated Readme.
  • cleaned up buildout update mode.

0.2.3 (2015-12-15)

  • using ioos conda channel.

0.2.2 (2015-06-25)

  • added user option.

0.2.1 (2015-05-11)

0.2.0 (2015-02-24)

  • installing in conda enviroment birdhouse.
  • using $ANACONDA_HOME environment variable.
  • separation of anaconda-home and installation prefix.

0.1.3 (2014-08-26)

  • Fixed proxy configuration.

0.1.2 (2014-08-13)

Changed gunicorn template for gunicorn 19.0.

0.1.1 (2014-08-01)

Updated documentation.

0.1.0 (2014-07-29)

Initial Release.

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