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ZC Buildout recipe for installing Zope 2.

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To specify which Zope 2 to use, use one of the following options:


The URL to a tarball to use for the Zope 2 installation.


The URL for an subversion checkout to use for the Zope 2 installation.


The path to a local, existing Zope 2 installation. Note: For this to work Zope must have been built with the same Python used to run buildout.


If set to true, add fake egg links to Zope 3 libraries, so that setuptools can see and use them for dependencies lookup. Enabled by default since version 3.0 of this recipe.


Specify an optional list of additional fake eggs. Only include packages which are available on the Python path.

You can also specify an explicit version to fake for an egg. For example:

additional-fake-eggs =
    ZODB3 = 3.7.1
    zope.annotation = 3.3.2

Otherwise the faked eggs will always have version 0.0.

The default value includes Acquisition, ClientForm, DateTime, docutils, ExtensionClass, mechanize, Persistence, pytz, RestrictedPython, tempstorage, ZConfig, zLOG, zodbcode, ZODB3, zdaemon and Zope2.


Specify an optional list of packages, for whom no fake egg is created. This allows to pull in new versions of some of the Zope packages via normal version requirements.


Will not recompile Zope if it finds .so or .pyd files. This means you can move your buildout around and speed up builds.


Specify a section that configures another executable than the one used by bin/buildout. For example:

recipe = plone.recipe.zope2install
python = python2.4

executable = ${buildout:directory}/parts/python/bin/python

If you use many buildouts with the same Zope 2 version, then you can add “zope-directory” in the “buildout” section in your ~/.buildout/default.cfg file like this:

zope-directory = /home/me/buildout/zope

For installations from a tarball that directory will be used instead of the parts directory in your buildout. Each version of Zope will get it’s own directory but if it’s already installed the existing one will be reused.

Exported variables

The following variables are set by this recipe and can be used in other parts.


The path to the Zope installation root.

Reporting bugs or asking questions

We have a shared bug tracker and help desk on Launchpad:

Change History

3.3 (2010-09-01)

  • Add python option to be able to specify other python than buildout:executable [gotcha]

3.2 (2009-08-07)

  • Refactor egg faking; fix skipped eggs to avoid to remove skipped develop eggs [gotcha]

3.1 (2009-06-23)

  • Create download-cache directory when not provided by buildout [gotcha, jfroche]

  • Change interpreter name in buildout to avoid name clash with an existing interpreter [gotcha, jfroche]

3.0 (2009-02-26)

  • Changed the default for fake eggs creation to true and added a number of additional fake eggs to the default. [hannosch]

2.6 (2008-12-12)

  • Change the fake eggs creation, to fix bug related to egg dependencies in develop-eggs. [jfroche]

  • Added the smart-recompile option. [tarek]

  • Ignore exit status of since it returns an exit status > 0 for even a single compile failure. [smcmahon]

2.5 (2008-11-15)

  • Add compilation of .py files into .pyc using Zope’s [smcmahon]

2.4 (2008-11-04)

  • Allow to use an existing Zope installation by specifying its location. [stefan]

  • Prevent update from ever messing with a shared Zope installation. [fschulze]

2.3 (2008-08-27)

  • stderr in svn update is no longer filtered but printed on console. [icemac]

2.2 (2008-06-07)

  • Updated fake-zope-eggs handling, to be called when updating, so changes to skip-fake-eggs and add additional-fake-eggs are respected. [hannosch]

  • Added new skip-fake-eggs option, that allows to skip the creation of fake eggs for a list of packages, so you can for example require a newer zope.tal version. [hannosch]

  • Include the Python version Zope is compiled with into the shared-zope name. This allows you to have the same Zope version compiled with for example Python 2.3 and 2.4 but still share it. The change means, you will have to recompile all Zope versions. [hannosch, fschulze]

  • Added error message for 0-byte sized Zope tarball downloads. [hannosch, sidnei]

2.1 (2008-06-05)

  • Fixed error in retracted 2.0 release. [hannosch]

  • Explicitly set zip-safe flag. [hannosch]

2.0 (2008-06-05)

  • Merged all the options from the affinitic.recipe.fakezope2eggs recipe into this recipe. [jfroche, hannosch]

1.2 (2008-01-05)

  • Renamed download-directory to download-cache, which is the name that is used by zc.buildout itself. [hannosch]

1.1 (2007-12-21)

  • Small documentation update. Added link to the bugtracker. [hannosch]

1.0 (2007-11-29)

  • Added changes file and small doc layout fix. [fschulze, hannosch]

0.3 (2007-09-05)

  • Fixed an error where the “shared-zope” option was accessed but not yet set. [fschulze]

0.2 (2007-09-05)

  • Added option to share Zope installations. [fschulze]

0.1 (2007-02-26)

  • Initial implementation. [hannosch]

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