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Setting up for python django development with Debian Linux

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I have been trying to set up a python, django, mysql, virtualenvwrapper and git development project and am really confused. All of the documentation seems to ignore the apt-get installation methods used by Debian Linux and its derivatives. Does pip install the same as apt-get; I don't think so. If I use virtualenvwrapper, how does this fit with the normal debian (wheezy) installation. I also need git which just confuses the situation even more. Must I give up the automatic updating system that Debian provides when setting up the development environment?

The documentation centers on Windows, Mac and generic Linux distributions and ignores the automation of the Debian installation. All of the documentation I have found concentrates on the installation of individual packages or on the use of python-django and is very sketchy on the overall virtualenv(wrapper), git, python-django file structure and installation order.

posted Oct 28, 2013 by Dewang Chaudhary

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The two installation techniques (OS-centric and language-centric) overlap in some ways, and each has their own strengths. Some people prefer one, some the other.

I would use apt-get to install any non-Python packages, including Python itself. That would be Python, mysql, and git. I would also use apt-get to install virtualenv and/or virtualenvwrapper. Then create a virtualenv, activate it, and use pip to install the Python packages.

The advantage of virtualenv is that you can have more than one (for experimenting with other projects), you can delete the whole thing by just removing the directory, and it isolates you from the system-installed Python packages so you can be sure of what packages you are using.

The virtualenv is outside the scope of apt-get, so it's true, you won't have Debian helping to keep it up to date. On the plus side, not all Python packages are packaged as Debian packages, and those that are can
lag, so virtualenv+pip will give you more Python packages to choose from, and more recent ones.

answer Oct 28, 2013 by Meenal Mishra
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answer Oct 29, 2013 by Anderson
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