Fixing DreamHost’s Django Deployment Script

I recently created a trivial site locally with Django that I wanted to deploy on my DreamHost shared server.  DreamHost has made this process pretty painless by creating an easy-to-follow guide that can be found here.  The only problem is that it doesn’t work.  After entering in my project name and database info, i got the error message:

Creating project framework…  oops, django-admin failed to run!

With nothing to lose (and not wanting to figure out how to get Passenger set up on my own), I dove into their django-setup.py script.  As it turns out, the problem is on line 126.

if os.spawnl(os.P_WAIT, "/usr/bin/django-admin.py", "django-admin.py", "startproject", projname) != 0:

Apparently on DreamHost, django-admin.py has dropped the extension. So if you replace line 126 with the following, everything works great.

if os.spawnl(os.P_WAIT, "/usr/bin/django-admin", "django-admin", "startproject", projname) != 0:

Author: Jack Slingerland

I'm a software engineer working and living in Raleigh, NC. I work in Python, Django, Node.js, React+Flux, AngularJS, and PHP. I like to work out with Kettlebells, run, and spend my free time with my wife, cat, and dog.

11 thoughts on “Fixing DreamHost’s Django Deployment Script”

  1. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction here, but oddly it looks like I had the exact opposite problem. The install script now does not include extensions on line 126, but apparently the system now requires them. Adding .py back on made the script set things up just fine for me.

  2. Thanks. Funny thing is that for me the problem was the exact opposite. The script didn’t have the .sh but the command did.

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