gunicorn autoreload on source change

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gunicorn autoreload on source change

Finally I migrated my development env from runserver to gunicorn/nginx.

It’d be convenient to replicate the autoreload feature of runserver to gunicorn, so the server automatically restarts when source changes. Otherwise I have to restart the server manually with kill -HUP.

Any way to avoid the manual restart?

Asked By: Paolo

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Answer #1:

While this is old question you need to know that ever since version 19.0 gunicorn has had the --reload option.
So now no third party tools are needed.

Answered By: Paolo

Answer #2:

One option would be to use the –max-requests to limit each spawned process to serving only one request by adding --max-requests 1 to the startup options. Every newly spawned process should see your code changes and in a development environment the extra startup time per request should be negligible.

Answered By: Dmitry Ziolkovskiy

Answer #3:

Bryan Helmig came up with this and I modified it to use run_gunicorn instead of launching gunicorn directly, to make it possible to just cut and paste these 3 commands into a shell in your django project root folder (with your virtualenv activated):

pip install watchdog -U
watchmedo shell-command --patterns="*.py;*.html;*.css;*.js" --recursive --command='echo "${watch_src_path}" && kill -HUP `cat gunicorn.pid`' . &
python manage.py run_gunicorn 127.0.0.1:80 --pid=gunicorn.pid
Answered By: Dave Forgac

Answer #4:

I use git push to deploy to production and set up git hooks to run a script. The advantage of this approach is you can also do your migration and package installation at the same time. https://mikeeverhart.net/2013/01/using-git-to-deploy-code/

mkdir -p /home/git/project_name.git
cd /home/git/project_name.git
git init --bare

Then create a script /home/git/project_name.git/hooks/post-receive.

#!/bin/bash
GIT_WORK_TREE=/path/to/project git checkout -f
source /path/to/virtualenv/activate
pip install -r /path/to/project/requirements.txt
python /path/to/project/manage.py migrate
sudo supervisorctl restart project_name

Make sure to chmod u+x post-receive, and add user to sudoers. Allow it to run sudo supervisorctl without password. https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-unix-running-sudo-command-without-a-password/

From my local / development server, I set up git remote that allows me to push to the production server

git remote add production ssh://user_name@production-server/home/git/project_name.git

# initial push
git push production +master:refs/heads/master

# subsequent push
git push production master

As a bonus, you will get to see all the prompts as the script is running. So you will see if there is any issue with the migration/package installation/supervisor restart.

Answered By: hobs

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