Setting Up a Virtual Pelican Environment

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Lately I ran into some trouble adding a new post to our devops blog. So I decided to setup a virtual environment to avoid Python related problems in future.

If you are a casual pip user your might need to install pip first:

$ sudo easy_install pip

Install virtualenv itself:

$ pip install virtualenv
Installing collected packages: virtualenv
Successfully installed virtualenv
Cleaning up...

Create the new virtual environment:

$ virtualenv virtualenvs/pelican
New python executable in virtualenvs/pelican/bin/python
Installing setuptools, pip, wheel...done.

Activate the freshly created environment:

$ cd virtualenvs/pelican
$ . bin/activate

Within the new virtual environment install pelican and markdown packages as we are going to write the posts in Markdown.

(pelican)pelican> pip install pelican markdown typogrify

Change directory, start your local development server and verify the results continuously via autoreload at localhost...

(pelican)blog> pelican --autoreload -r input -o output -s

Side note: I got a:

Traceback (most recent call last):
raise ValueError, 'unknown locale: %s' % localename
ValueError: unknown locale: UTF-8

Thanks to the hint from Patrick I could track down, fix and verify this issue easily with:

(pelican)blog> export LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8"
(pelican)blog> python -c 'import locale; print(locale.getdefaultlocale());'
('en_US', 'UTF-8')
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