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Version 4 (modified by stickystyle@…, 13 years ago) (diff)

added modulename=your_project.config, this is needed to get the logging settings need for 0.9a5.

Sometimes you want to use classes in your data model outside your TurboGears application.

For example, you might want to write a script to:

  • Initialize your database
  • Perform scheduled maintenance tasks
  • Insert or update data based on external events, like an email responder.

If you just try to import your, you may get a traceback message that ends with this error:

KeyError: 'No database configuration found!'

The problem is that you haven't told SQLObject where to find your database; this information is in your application's configuration scripts.

To use your database from outside the application, create a script that looks like this:

#!/usr/bin/env python2.4
# If you're not running on a Unix-like platform, you can omit the first "#!" line.

# Hook up SQLObject to your database configuration from either "dev.cfg" or "prod.cfg"

# This assumes that the script lives in your top-level application directory; if
# that's not the case, you will have to provide a full path to your configuration 
# and set your PYTHONPATH so that the model import succeeds.
# The value for modulename can be pulled right from 
# script in the top-level application directory.
import turbogears
turbogears.update_config(configfile="dev.cfg", modulename="project_name.config")

# Note: turbogears 0.8.9 doesn't appear to have .update_config()

# Now you can import your model. 
from myapp.model import *

# And now you have full access to your model
s =

# If you make any changes, you need to manually commit them before exiting.

Note that if you're using SQLite for your database, a long-running script outside your application can lock the database for long periods of time. To avoid this, isolate your database access from your expensive operations:

#!/usr/bin/env python2.4

# Script to periodically do expensive things.

import turbogears
turbogears.update_config(configfile="dev.cfg", modulename="project_name.config")
from myapp.model import *

def read_from_db():
    calculations =
    return [(, calc.what_to_do) for calc in calculations]

def write_to_db(results):
    for calc_id, result in results:
        calc = ScheduledCalculation.get(calc_id)
        calc.result = result

# Get the list of what to do from the database.  The result list we get should
# not include any SQLObject-derived objects.
calculations = read_from_db()

# Now we can do the expensive calculations, since there won't be any 
# live objects locking the database.
results = []
for calc_id, what_to_do in calculations:
  results.append((calc_id, do_expensive_calc(what_to_do))

# Now write them all to the database