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Python project bootstraps for mr.bob: usual Python distro, buildout, and mr.bob template

Project description

bobtemplates.gillux will save your valuable time on a few hours of repetitive and tiresome task when you create a new Python package in the form of some templates for mr.bob.

Please read carefully mr.bob user documentation if you need to customize bobtemplates.gillux beyond what’s written hereafter.

If you love bobtemplates.gillux, you may start it on Github.


pip install bobtemplates.gillux

About the templates

bobtempaltes.gillux offers the following templates :


A regular Python package bootstrap with or without namespace, any level with lots of goodies.


A simple minimal zc.buildout based project bootstrap


Make your own bobtemplate.yourname bootstrap in a some seconds (or more).



mrbob [options] bobtemplates.gillux:nspackage

A regular Python package bootstrap with following features:

  • Any namespaces level you want, even none at all. This is detected with the name you provide in the wizard.
  • Code targeted to Python 2.4 to 2.7 and 3.x

Two optional features:

  • Tests with nose and coverage. Run them with nosetests. Tune your options in generated setup.cfg. By default, tests will be “dicovered” automatically (Python 2.7 or 3.3 unittest), or with unittest2 for other Python versions.
  • A Sphinx documentation skeleton. Build the HTML doc with python build_sphinx. The doctest files may optionally be automatically included in the doc.

Package files outline (may change depending on options):

src/<your>/<package>/  # Your package source skeleton
doc/                  # Sphinx source tree skeleton
tests/                 # Test module skeleton with nose goodies               # Usual setup script

Then grep - and optionally fix - the FIXME: that occur in the resulting files tree for optional stuffs I couldn’t fix easily with the regular mr.bob features.

Read the generated README.rst in your newly created package for more information about what you got.

nspackage wizard questions

Your full name?

Your full name (like “John Doe”)

Your short name?

Your short name (like “jdoe”). Usually your PyPI or Github login is a good idea.

Your mail address?

This mail address will not appear on the PyPI page of this distro.

Distribution name?

The name of the distro that will be used to install with pip. As pip install (this name). Make sure that it is not yet used by any of the 50000+ packages known by PyPI.

Package name - can be with namespaces (“”) or not (“foo”)?

The name your package is known by Python like in “import”. Namespace packages are automatically detected for the structure of the package directory tree and the registration in

Package description?

What will be in this distro’s PyPI page subtitle and in the packages listing.


The team ou company that owns the package copyright.

Shell command (leave empty if you don’t need it)?

Installing this package will add this command to your system or activated virtualenv.

This command will be available after you install your new package with python develop or installing your released package with pip install .... The command will execute the yourpackage.__main__.main function, with pre-cooked argparse and logging cookies.

Use nose tests [true|false]?

If you’re a nosetests fan, otherwise the tests layout will use the now classical tests auto discovery feature of unittest or unittest2 for older versions of Python.

Add a Sphinx doc skeleton [true|false]?

Big Python projects should have a Sphinx doc. This option provides a Sphinx layout prepared for your project in the docs directory. You just need to type python build_sphinx to build the HTML doc.

Include doctest files in Sphinx doc [true|false]?

A copy of all your doctest files (tests/test_*.txt) will be included in the Sphinx documentation. Of course, this question does not appear if you answered false to the previous question.

What SCM do you plan to use [git|hg|bzr|none]?

We provide some cookies for Git, Mercurial and Bazaar in the form of a .gitignore or whatever’s SCM suited exclude files.


  • Provide a six support option
  • Tests inside the source tree (in src/<your>/<package>/tests) OR in the package root. Sometimes we prefer to ship source distros with the tests, and sometimes (i.e big amount of test data) we prefer to keep a source dist small.



mrbob [options] bobtemplates.gillux:buildout

This provides a minimal zc.buildout based project, with a file and a buildout.cfg file. Takes care of differences between versions 1.x and 2.x of zc.buildout.



mrbob [options] bobtemplates.gillux:mybobtemplate

Make your own bobtemplate.yourname package skeleton in a few minutes. Means that you can have the skeleton of a package like bobtemplates.gillux in some seconds.

You just need to add the content of your template as described in the mr.bob user documentation

Changes log

1.3.0 (2015-06-28)

  • doc: removed warning about pip bug that’s now gone. [glenfant]
  • nspackage: Added an option for a console command [glenfant]
  • nspackage: Replaced package name by distro name when relevant.
  • nspackage: Renamed “docs/” to more usual “doc/” [glenfant]

1.2.0 (2015-04-07)

  • nspackage: Added a “” testrunner command [glenfant]
  • nspackage: A comprehensive doc in README.rst. [glenfant]
  • nspackage: Sphinx skeleton built from 1.3.1 default [glenfant]
  • nspackage: PEP 440 compatible initial version. [glenfant]
  • nspackage: Sphinx autodoc demo in API chapter. [glenfant]
  • all: Use new “code” reStructuredText directive. [glenfant]

1.1.0 (2014-06-18)

  • nspackage: Distro name and package (Python) name can be distinct. [glenfant]
  • nspackage: Use of nosetests + coverage is optional [glenfant]
  • nspackage: Sphinx doc skeleton is optional [glenfant]

1.0.0 (2014-01-03)

  • Added the “mybobtemplate” template for new packages skeletons. [glenfant]
  • Added .xxignore files for git, bazaar and mercurial to the “buildout” template. [glenfant]
  • setuptools/distribute don’t let us distribute empty directories. So we need to put a marker file in some directories then remove them. [glenfant]

1.0.0b1 (2013-02-17)

  • Python 3 support (alpha). Please feeback [glenfant]
  • Added the “buildout” template, a minimal zc.buildout project bootstrap [glenfant]
  • Added .xxignore files for git, bazaar and mercurial [glenfant]
  • Gone through the weirdness of include_package_data, package_data and This setuptools / distribute feature really sucks [glenfant]

1.0.0a2 (2013-02-10)

1.0.0a1 (2013-02-10)

  • First public version [glenfant]

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