This will add the apps directory in your project directory to the beginning of the path list. This will allow manage.py syncdb and manage.py runserver to know that the apps folder should be added.
import os import sys PROJECT_ROOT = os.path.dirname(__file__) sys.path.insert(0, os.path.join(PROJECT_ROOT, "apps"))
That should be all you need to do to get most django projects working with your reusable apps, but if for any reason you need add to the path with mod python or mod wsgi, the following should work.
In the setting-up-everything post I show an example httpd.conf file. In your apache configuration you will probably see something similar to what is below. To add the location /var/www/myproject/apps to the PythonPath I added it in the list.
SetHandler python-program PythonHandler django.core.handlers.modpython SetEnv DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE myproject.settings PythonOption django.root /myproject PythonDebug On PythonPath "['/var/www','/var/www/myproject/apps'] + sys.path"
If you use mod wsgi instead of mod python, your apache config will be loading a wsgi file with a line like this WSGIScriptAlias /var/www/myproject/myproject.wsgi. You will need to edit that file to add to the path (django’s site has an example file).
You never know when you might want to use an app in another project, so always try to keep from mentioning the project name anywhere in the applications.