Thanks for downloading the code to the Bespin project. You can easily get Bespin's Python server running on your local Mac or Linux machine (see note about Windows below).
You will need the following installed on your system to get Bespin up and running:
- Python 2.5 or 2.6
Python 2.6 is preferred.
NOTE FOR LINUX USERS: If you are running on a Linux system, you will likely need a "python-dev" and "ruby1.8-dev" (on Ubuntu; possibly "python-devel" elsewhere) package installed, if you do not already have it. If you want to build the embedded release, you will want libyaml: the package on Ubuntu is "libyaml-dev".
NOTE FOR MAC USERS: You will need Xcode installed.
NOTE FOR WINDOWS USERS: Most Bespin developers are using unix-like platforms. Bespin's server should be able to run on Windows, though. You'll need a C compiler, and you can use Microsoft's free Visual C++ compiler. As an alternative, you can use Cygwin or MinGW to have a unix-like environment on your Windows system.
hg clone http://hg.mozilla.org/labs/bespinclient hg clone http://hg.mozilla.org/labs/bespinserver cd bespinclient
This will get the Bespin client and Python Bespin server code checked out. The
bespinclient/ directory is the "main" directory that you'll use. (See the Using Mercurial article for more detailed instructions on using Mercurial.)
To set up Bespin for the first time, run:
python bootstrap.py --no-site-packages
to get the environment set up. This is built around virtualenv. Please watch for helpful hints and instructions on screen.
In Unix-like environments, the next step is to activate the virtualenv using this command:
on Windows, the command is Scripts/activate.bat
Once the virtualenv is activate, you need to get the server set up:
And the first time around, you're also going to want to get a database set up:
If you have some trouble on macos x like the error message: ImportError: No module named `xxx' It's probably cause the server side is not completely installed so try
cd ../bespinserver paver develop paver create_db
Starting the development server
If you are no longer (or not yet) in the virtualenv environment run within the bespinclient directory:
To start the server execute:
This will start the Bespin server. You can now access the Bespin editor at http://localhost:8080/ in you browser.
The documentation of the last release is here.
Contributing to Bespin
For details see: