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Torii allows access to a running zope instance over a python prompt

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Torii allows access to a running zope server over a unix-domain-socket. Torii makes it also possible to run scripts from the command line on the server. In addition it provides a python-prompt. That means full access to the Zope and ZODB at runtime.


If you use the buildout-recipe, a shell-script is generated in buildout-directory/bin/torii. When the zope server is started, execute ./bin/torii in an other shell.


help:print help text and exit
debug:interactive mode
list:summary-list of all available scripts
run <script>:run the given script


The simplest way to install torii is to use raptus.recipe.torii in the buildout for your project. This will add the required information in the zope.conf and build a startup script. The recipe provides two buildout-variables. The first is named ${torii:additonal-conf} and holds the additional information for the zope.conf. The second variable ${torii:eggs} is a list of all required eggs to add to the python-path. Like this torii can also be used for non-plone projects.


path of the unix-domain-socket to create
If true, torii creates a new thread for each connection. Default is False (which blocks requests when torii is active)
additional-packages for extending torii. e.g. raptus.troii.plone
additional-parameters required for extending packages. notation: key:value;key:value or key:value’newline’key:value


parts =
    ...(other parts)...

recipe = raptus.recipe.torii
socket-path = ${buildout:directory}/var/torii.sock
threaded = True
extends =
params =

recipe = plone.recipe.zope2instance
zope-conf-additional = ${torii:additional-conf}
eggs =
    ...(other eggs)...


recipe = plone.recipe.zope2instance
zope-conf-additional =
    <zodb_db myproject>
      mount-point /myproject
        path ${buildout:directory}/var/filestorage/myproject-prod.fs
        blob-dir ${buildout:directory}/var/blobstorage/prod
eggs =
    ...(other eggs)...

Additional components

This additional package offers the interface to plone. It provides some scripts, a global variable ‘plone’ and sets the siteManager(access to persistence zope.components ) at startup time.
An implementation of ipython. Code-completion, readline and colored python prompt.

Create new additional components

Torii is pluggable. If you write a package, use the following attributes. These attributes are stored in your module ( and by each connection they are read by torii.

utilities = dict(name=method)
utilities are a set of helper functions. They will appear as globals in your python prompt. The globals can be extended with additional packages. To extend take a look in raptus.torii.plone.
properties = dict(name=method)
properties are a set of helper attributes. Similar to the utilities, but properties are called by each connection. The call of the function is performed in the context of the connection. This means you can use local attributes in your function, like app, arguments … Only the return value is stored in the globals. To extend, take a look in raptus.torii.plone.
scripts = dict(name=path)
scripts can be run directly without the python prompt over torii. It’s easy to build you own scripts. Again please take a look at raptus.torii.plone
interpreter = Python
The standard python interpreter. To create your own interpreter, subclass interpreter.AbstractInterpreter and override all methods. Take a look at raptus.torii.python and raptus.torii.ipython.ipython


Change the front-page text on the plonesite:

# ./bin/torii debug
Available global variables:

In [1]: frontpage = plone['front-page']

In [2]: frontpage.setText('The power of torii')

In [3]: import transaction

In [4]: transaction.commit()

Get all plone users:

In [5]: plone.acl_users.getUsers()
Out[5]: [<PloneUser 'dagobert_duck'>, <PloneUser 'donald_duck'>]


Currently, there are no automated tests (yet). This project was created on SnowLeopard and was running on plone 3 and plone 4.


1.0a2 (2011-3-11)

  • fixed error in ubuntu that had cpu run at 100% usage

1.0a1 (2010-10-24)

  • Initial release

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