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Recipe for managing RDB schemas

Project description

This is a zc.buildout recipe that helps managing schema updates on relational databases.

It currently only supports PostgreSQL.

Defining a managed database

A managed database has to be created (CREATEDB) outside of this recipe. The recipe only takes care of initialising an existing database and upgrading the schema subsequently.

Part definitions look like:

recipe = gocept.rdbmanagement
dbname = mydatabase
eggs = projectegg
schema = projectegg.schemadir

host = localhost
user = username
password = apassword


is the name of the PostgreSQL database to work with
is a list of egg requirements that should be activated before looking up the schema directory resource path
is a setuptools resource path that is a managed schema directory

Managed schema directories

A schema directory contains a set of SQL and Python files that are used to manage the schema for a database. A typical directory looks like this:

$ ls schemadir

Notice: A managed schema directory has to be a Python package.


  • Creates the schema beginning from an empty database.
  • After init.sql the current generation will be set to the highest generation number as available from the update scripts. Therefore the init.sql always creates a current database schema and no updates will be run.


  • Update scripts MUST start with a BEGIN statement and end with a COMMIT statement.
  • Update script X will be run from a database at generation X-1.

  • Script must contain a function called precondition which takes one parameter which is an open DB-API2-connection to the database.
  • Precondition script X will be run on a database at generation X-1.
  • Precondition script X has to raise an exception to indicate that the database MUST not be updated to generation X.


1.0 (2015-07-06)

  • Implement ability to use a password when accessing the database, requiring at least PostgreSQL 9.0 for this feature.
  • Require at least Python 2.7.


  • allow newer versions than exactely psycopg2==2.0.6


  • first public release

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