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Development library for quickly writing configurable applications and daemons

Project description

Helper is a development library for quickly writing configurable applications and daemons.

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Platforms Supported

Python 2.6, 2.7, 3.2 and 3.3 on Unix (POSIX) and Windows (in process) platforms.



  • pyyaml
  • argparse (Python 2.6 only)
  • logutils (Python 2.6 only)


  • mock
  • unittest2 (Python 2.6 only)


Documentation is available at


helper is available as a package from for development purposes. Normally, helper would be installed as a dependency from another application or package.


  • 2.2.2 - Minor fix for README.rst
  • 2.2.2 - Minor fix for README.rst
  • 2.2.1 - Minor fix for version number.
  • 2.2.0 - Add new attribute to describe operating system and environment to
    Controller and helper.unix,
  • 2.1.1 - Bugfix for dealing with stale pids
  • 2.1.0 - Bugfixes: Use pidfile from configuration if specified, don’t show
    warning about not having a logger in helper.unix if no logger is defined, config obj default/value assignment methodology
  • 2.0.2 - Fix a bug where wake_interval default was not used if wake_interval
    was not provided in the config. Make logging config an overlay of the default logging config.
  • 2.0.1 - bugfix
  • 2.0.0 - clihelper renamed to helper with major refactoring, Windows support
    still a work in progress.

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