Working from Twisted’s Subversion repository¶
If you’re going to be doing development on Twisted itself, or if you want to take advantage of bleeding-edge features (or bug fixes) that are not yet available in a numbered release, you’ll probably want to check out a tree from the Twisted Subversion repository. The Trunk is where all current development takes place.
This document lists some useful tips for working on this cutting edge.
Subversion tutorials can be found elsewhere, see in particular the Subversion homepage . The relevant data you need to check out a copy of the Twisted tree is available on the development page , and is as follows:
$ svn co svn://svn.twistedmatrix.com/svn/Twisted/trunk Twisted
Alternate tree names¶
svn co svn://svn.twistedmatrix.com/svn/Twisted/trunk otherdir , you can put the workspace tree in a directory other than “Twisted” . I do this (with a name like “Twisted-Subversion” ) to
remind myself that this tree comes from Subversion and not from a released
version (like “Twisted-1.0.5” ). This practice can cause a few problems,
because there are a few places in the Twisted tree that need to know where
the tree starts, so they can add it to
requiring the user manually set their PYTHONPATH. These functions walk the
current directory up to the root, looking for a directory named “Twisted” (sometimes exactly that, sometimes with a
.startswith test). Generally these are test scripts or other
administrative tools which expect to be launched from somewhere inside the
tree (but not necessarily from the top).
If you rename the tree to something other than
Twisted , these
tools may wind up trying to use Twisted source files from /usr/lib/python2.5
or elsewhere on the default
sys.path . Normally this won’t
matter, but it is good to be aware of the issue in case you run into
twisted/test/process_twisted.py is one of these programs.
In order to simplify the use of Subversion, we typically use Divmod Combinator . You may find it to be useful, too. In particular, because Twisted uses branches for almost all feature development, if you plan to contribute to Twisted you will probably find Combinator very useful. For more details, see the Combinator website, as well as the UQDS page.
Compiling C extensions¶
There are currently several C extension modules in Twisted:
twisted.python._epoll . These modules
are optional, but you’ll have to compile them if you want to experience their
features, performance improvements, or bugs. There are two approaches.
The first is to do a regular distutils
./setup.py build , which
will create a directory under
build/ to hold both the generated
.so files as well as a copy of the 600-odd
that make up Twisted. If you do this, you will need to set your PYTHONPATH to
MyDir/Twisted/build/lib.linux-i686-2.5 in order to
run code against the Subversion twisted (as opposed to whatever’s installed in
/usr/lib/python2.5 or wherever python usually looks). In
addition, you will need to re-run the
build command every time you change a
.py file. The
directory is a copy of the main tree, and that copy is only updated when you
setup.py build . It is easy to forget this and then wonder
why your code changes aren’t being expressed.
The second technique is to build the C modules in place, and point your
PYTHONPATH at the top of the tree, like
MyDir/Twisted . This way
you’re using the .py files in place too, removing the confusion a forgotten
rebuild could cause with the separate build/ directory above. To build the C
modules in place, do
./setup.py build_ext -i . You only need to
re-run this command when you change the C files. Note that
setup.py is not Make, it does not always get the dependencies
.h files in particular), so if you are hacking on the
cReactor you may need to manually delete the
.o files before
doing a rebuild. Also note that doing a
setup.py clean will
.o files but not the final
they must be deleted by hand.
To run the full unit-test suite, do:
To run a single test file (like
do one of:
To run any tests that are related to a code file, like
twisted/protocols/imap4.py , do:
./bin/trial --testmodule twisted/mail/imap4.py
This depends upon the
.py file having an appropriate “test-case-name” tag that indicates which test cases provide coverage.
See the Test Standards document for
details about using “test-case-name” . In this example, the
twisted.mail.test.test_imap test will be run.
Many tests create temporary files in /tmp or ./_trial_temp, but
everything in /tmp should be deleted when the test finishes. Sometimes these
cleanup calls are commented out by mistake, so if you see a stray
/firstname.lastname@example.org directory, it is probably from
Look for an
rmtree that has been commented out and complain to
the last developer who touched that file.
Twisted documentation (not including the automatically-generated API docs)
is in Lore Format .
.xhtml files are translated into
.html files by
the “bin/lore/lore” script, which can check the files for syntax problems
(hlint), process multiple files at once, insert the files into a template
before processing, and can also translate the files into LaTeX or PostScript
To build the HTML form of the howto/ docs, do the following. Note that
the index file will be placed in
./bin/lore/lore -p --config template=doc/core/howto/template.tpl doc/core/howto/*.xhtml
To run hlint over a single Lore document, such as
doc/development/policy/svn-dev.xhtml , do the following. This is
useful because the HTML conversion may bail without a useful explanation if
it sees mismatched tags.
./bin/lore/lore -n --output lint doc/development/policy/svn-dev.xhtml
To convert it to HTML (including markup, interpolation of examples,
footnote processing, etc), do the following. The results will be placed in
./bin/lore/lore -p --config template=doc/core/howto/template.tpl \ doc/development/policy/svn-dev.xhtml
Note that hyperlinks to other documents may not be quite right unless you
include a “-l” argument to
bin/lore/lore . Links in the
.xhtml file are to .xhtml targets: when the .xhtml is turned into .html, the
link targets are supposed to be turned into .html also. In addition to this,
Lore markup of the form
<code class="API"> is supposed to
turn into a link to the corresponding API reference page. These links will
probably be wrong unless the correct base URL is provided to Lore.
Committing and Post-commit Hooks¶
Twisted uses a customized trac-post-commit-hook to enable ticket updates based on svn commit
logs. When making a branch for a ticket, the branch name should end
-<ticket number> , for
my-branch-9999 . This will add a ticket comment containing a
changeset link and branch name. To make your commit message show up as a comment
on a Trac ticket, add a
refs #<ticket number> line at the
bottom of your commit message. To automatically close a ticket on Trac
Fixed and add a comment with the closing commit message, add
Fixes: #<ticket number> line to your commit message. In
general, a commit message closing a ticket looks like this:
Merge my-branch-9999: A single-line summary. Author: jesstess Reviewers: exarkun, glyph Fixes: #9999 My longer description of the changes made.
The Twisted Coding Standard elaborates on commit messages and source control.
A minor mode for development with Twisted using Emacs is available. See
twisted-dev.el , provided by twisted-emacs ,
for several utility functions which make it easier to grep for methods, run test cases, etc.