Administration, custom management commands

In addition to using the fabfile commands, an Abelujo administrator may need to work manually on websites. Here some tips and pointers.


all commands have to be run at the project root and with the python virtualenv activated (workon abelujo or source bin/activate) unless stated otherwise.

Add and delete users

There is no graphical way to add users yet, but a Django management command:

./ createsuperuser

this will ask for a user name and an email adress.

Delete a superuser:

./ deletesuperuser <username>

And list all:

./ listsuperusers

Change a user password

A user connected to his session can change his password. Go to the Database interface and see a drop-down button at the top right corner with an option to change the password.

An administrator can also do it from the command line:

./ changepassword username

Re-initialize quantities to zero

Use our custom management command my_reset_quantities (all our custom commands start with my_ for better exploration).:

./ my_reset_quantities

If you wish to be more precise (set to n copies instead of zero, reset for only a place), this needs more work. See the method Card.quantities_to_zero and the same on Place.

Import a csv file of ISBNs and quantities

First export your Excel or LibreOffice calc sheet into csv, preferably with ; as separator, then use the import_isbns command:

./ import_isbns -i myfile.csv


  • -l to choose the language of the bibliographic search (a french source by default)

The script will search each ISBN on the datasource, create a Card object, and add the given quantity into the default Place. Consequently, before running the script, you must choose the appropriate default place.

The script will fail early if any error were to occure.

warning: presently the script is not indempotent, meaning if you run it twice, it will add twice the quantities.

If you need more features, get in touch.