An Odoo launcher that discovers addons automatically
Odoo server startup scripts that discover Odoo addons automatically without the need of the --addons-path option. They work by looking at addons in the odoo_addons namespace package.
The following thin wrappers around official Odoo startup scripts are provided:
odoo-autodiscover.py is the equivalent of odoo.py
openerp-server-autodiscover is the equivalent of openerp-server
odoo-server-autodiscover is an alias for openerp-server-autodiscover
These scripts have exactly the same behaviour and options as their official Odoo counterparts, except they look for additional addons by examining all distributions providing the odoo_addons namespace package.
How to install
create a virtualenv and make sure you have a recent version of pip (by running pip install -U pip or using get-pip.py)
install Odoo with the standard Odoo installation procedure
make sure Odoo is installed (the following commands must work: python -c "import openerp", odoo.py and openerp-server, and pip list must show the odoo package)
install this package (pip install odoo-autodiscover)
How to use
create or install odoo addons in the odoo_addons namespace package possibly with the help of the setuptools-odoo package.
run odoo with openerp-server-autodiscover or odoo-autodiscover.py and notice the addons path is constructued automatically
The following commands install Odoo 8.0 nightly, then install base_import_async pulling all required dependencies automatically (ie connector).
# create and activate a virtualenv virtualenv venv ./venv/bin/activate # install Odoo 8.0 nightly pip install -r https://raw.githubusercontent.com/odoo/odoo/8.0/requirements.txt pip install https://nightly.odoo.com/8.0/nightly/src/odoo_8.0.latest.zip # install odoo-autodiscover pip install odoo-autodiscover # install base_import_async from wheelhouse.acsone.eu pip install odoo-addon-base_import_async --find-links=https://wheelhouse.acsone.eu/oca-8.0 --no-index # start odoo openerp-server-autodiscover
Since it’s not possible to make openerp.addons a namespace package (because openerp/__init__.py contains code), we use a pseudo-package named odoo_addons for the sole purpose of discovering addons installed with setuptools in that namespace. odoo_addons is not intended to be imported as the Odoo import hook will make sure all addons can be imported from openerp.addons as usual.
See https://pythonhosted.org/setuptools/pkg_resources.html for more information about namespace packages.
See https://github.com/odoo/odoo/pull/8758 to follow progress with making openerp.addons a namespace package, which will hopefully make this package obsolete in the future.
Stéphane Bidoul (ACSONE)
Many thanks to Daniel Reis who cleared the path, and Laurent Mignon who convinced me it was possible to do it using standard Python setup tools and had the idea of the odoo_addons namespace package.
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