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DashWiki setup guide

DashWiki in principle is a typical Django web application, so pretty much any generic installation guide will do (e.g. official one).

Short guide for WSGI

  1. Install required Python modules:
    • Django
    • YAML (optional if your configs are going to be written in JSON)
    • pysqlite (or other Django-supported database module); see list of supported modules for details
  2. Install Apache and required modules:
    • mod_wsgi
  3. Download DashWiki's source code:
    git clone \
      --branch production \ \
  4. Put the code to a known place, e.g. /srv/dashwiki
  5. Configure Apache
  6. Create in source directory.
    Variables you could want to override:
    • DASHWIKI_LOGGING_CONFIG -- file (JSON or YAML, detected by extension) that configures logging subsystem; defaults to $source/examples/logging.json
    • DASHWIKI_PLUGINS_DIR -- list of directories that will contain protocol plugins; defaults to single-element list $source/plugins
    • DASHWIKI_CACHE_ROOT -- directory for storing files fetched from remote or otherwise generated by DashWiki (mainly: for graphs)
    • DATABASES -- database configuration (see Django documentation for details); default:
      DATABASES = {
        'default': {
          'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.sqlite3',
          'NAME': '$source/db/dashwiki.db',
  7. If your choice is not SQLite, create database user and database itself. (SQLite will create database file automatically.)
  8. Ensure that Apache can write to following directories:
    • anything mentioned in DASHWIKI_LOGGING_CONFIG
    • directory for database file (if the engine was SQLite)
  9. Run ./ in source directory.