If it won't be simple, it simply won't be. [source code] by Miki Tebeka, CEO, 353Solutions

Monday, April 12, 2010

Run a temporary CouchDB

One nice solution to isolate tests, it to point the code to a temporary database. Below is a script to launch a new instance of CouchDB on a given port.

# A script to run a temporary couchdb instance

if [ $# -ne 1 ]; then
    echo "usage: $(basename $0) PORT"
    exit 1


base=$(mktemp -d)
mkdir -p $dbdir

cat <<EOF > $config
port = $port

database_dir = $dbdir
view_index_dir = $dbdir

file = ${base}/couch.log

trap "rm -fr $base" SIGINT SIGTERM

echo "couchdb directory is $base"
couchdb -a $config

Friday, April 09, 2010

Sourcing a shell script

Sometime you want to emulate the action of "source" in bash, settings some environment variables.
Here's one way to do it:

from subprocess import Popen, PIPE
from os import environ

def source(script, update=1):
    pipe = Popen(". %s; env" % script, stdout=PIPE, shell=True)
    data = pipe.communicate()[0]

    env = dict((line.split("=", 1) for line in data.splitlines()))
    if update:

    return env

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