Speedrack requires Python 2.6+. Python comes with easy_install.
(If you don’t have pip, prepend the following instructions with: easy_install pip)
pip install speedrack speedrack run
Open a browser at http://localhost:8118, see the demo tasks churning (can take a minute). Note that some of the test tasks are designed to fail (and often), to illustrate what failure would look like. Likewise with misconfigured tasks, and so on.
Don’t expose this to the internet; it’s not even trying for security.
(If you have have libevent/gevent installed, Speedrack will run using that. Flask’s dev server is fine, too.)
speedrack init <target directory>
This will write two files to the target directory: speedrack_settings.py and speedrack_tasks.yaml. They’re the settings from the demo mode and are useful to build your tasks from.
speedrack_settings.py contains application behavior: your application name, mail server settings, and so on. You won’t need them all. If you’re not familiar with python, you don’t need to learn it to administer this application — just stick with the simple declarative syntax.
If Speedrack is running at a non-root location on a domain (e.g., http://www.example.com/speedrack/ resolves to the application root view), then you’ll need to let Speedrack know to modify the URLs it makes appropriately. In your configuration file, set the variable SCRIPT_NAME to whatever path prefix points to the Speedrack index (in this case, SCRIPT_NAME = '/speedrack').
This setting alone does not actually change how Speedrack parses requests. Rather, this tells Speedrack that when it generates a URL, it should prefix it with the provided string. This means that when the client clicks a link or requests a stylesheet in the original response, the new request is pointed at the right location.
Speedrack also needs to be told where the URLs it generates in the emails it sends should point. The variable EMAIL_URL_PREFIX should be set to the external root URL of the application (no trailing slash), and then links will be relative to that root URL.
speedrack_tasks.yaml defines each task: a shell command and schedule of execution. The sample file contains the tasks used for the demo you started with.
Restrict access to this file. Speedrack reads this file and executes the commands therein, as the user who launched speedrack. speedrack init gets the basic settings correct, but if you build your own, you should remove global write (and group, if necessary).
Once you’ve got your settings and tasks in place:
speedrack run --settings speedrack_settings.py --tasks speedrack_tasks.yaml
Browse http://localhost:8118/config to check your active configuration at any time.