This has cropped up a couple of times on irc, so here's a recipe I have for restarting my Django instance during development. I'm not the sort of person who takes a long time to think it all through and can write a model and call it done, I iterate quickly and often. For the quickest way to do that during the initial development, I drop the db, re run syncdb and import my fixtures regularly.
Once a production version is out and running I then get rid of this script and do migrations.
There's no easy way from the command line to create a user neither
syncdb --noinput or
createsuperuser --noinput accept a password. Leaving lazy people like me wanting. I used to use pexpect but I find just creating a user object nice and easy. So for a project called collector, the following works well for me:
#!/usr/local/bin/python import os os.environ["DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE"] = "settings" # dump the data to fixtures os.system('python manage.py dumpdata collector --indent=2 > collector/models/fixtures/data.json') # drop and recreate the db (this is for postgres) os.system('dropdb authy') os.system('createdb authy --encoding=UTF-8') # sync the db os.system('python manage.py syncdb --noinput') # create a super user from django.contrib.auth.models import User u = User.objects.create( username='xxx', first_name='', last_name='', firstname.lastname@example.org', is_superuser=True, is_staff=True, is_active=True ) u.set_password('xxx') u.save() print "User account created" # load the fixtures back in os.system('python manage.py loaddata data.json') # run the server os.system('python manage.py runserver')
I can then quickly get in the cycle of creating a model, entering data in admin interface, dumping it to a fixture and then writing unit tests.