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Source and tracking

The recipes are currently both hosted in a single Git repository, the master branch being anybox.recipe.odoo, whereas anybox.recipe.openerp is to be found in the a.r.openerp-x.y branches (currently only 1.9 and the legacy 1.8). This unusual structure because they still have most in common, a.r.odoo being a.r.openerp without the bits for backward compatibility before Odoo v8.

We follow the standard GitHub workflow (issues, pull requests…). Code contributors are systematically added to the list of contributors at the end of the README, unless they explicitely wish not to (what GitHub does is obviously out of our scope).

Members of the “Anybox” organization have push privileges on this repository.

Using a development version

To use a local version of the recipe, you may use the develop general buildout option:

develop = /path/to/anybox.recipe.o

To track a Git branch, we find the gp.vcsdevelop extension simple and useful. Here’s an example for anybox.recipe.openerp (notice the @ notation for the branch):

extensions = gp.vcsdevelop
vcs-extend-develop = git+
vcs-update = True


gp.vcsdevelop leverages internally pip, and the git+https syntax actually comes from pip.


Actually some parts of the recipe are aware of the possible use of gp.vcsdevelop for python dependencies, and special care of it is taken in the freeze and extract features. This is known to work even for zc.buildout itself.

Development setup

We recommend “developing” the source code in a virtualenv, together with bzr. For instance:

virtualenv recipe-env
recipe-env/bin/pip install bzr
git clone
cd anybox.recipe.odoo
python develop

Coding style

The recipe follows the same strong code development coding principles as many other projects:

  • Style enforcement : we follow the PEP8 guidelines
  • Static analysis with flake8 (combines conveniently pep8 and pyflakes).
  • Unit tests: we try and test as much as possible. It is hard to achieve a real 100% with a tool that calls so many external processes, but this is mitigated by our continuous integration practice of doing real Odoo/OpenERP installations with the latest revision of the recipe.

Launching static analysis and unit tests

Install nose, flake8 and, optionally, coverage:

recipe-env/bin/pip install nose coverage flake8==2.0 \
                   pep8==1.4.6 mccabe==0.2.1 pyflakes==0.7.3


we’ve had problems lately with discrepancies in pep8 versions, that’s why versions of flake8 and its dependencies are fixed above. In case of doubt, check what the buildbot is actually running.

Run flake8 and the tests (in this example, after virtualenv activation):

cd anybox.recipe.odoo
flake8 anybox && nosetests anybox --with-doctest

There is also this convenience to run the tests and output a coverage report:

source ./test-cover

Integration tests

There is a special category of tests: those that need a real Odoo/OpenERP instance, built with the recipe, to run.

They are located within the tests_with_openerp subdirectory and need to be launched with a launcher script constructed by the recipe.

For example, create a testing buildout like this:

# version as you wish
eggs = nose
openerp_scripts nosetests command-line-options = -d

Then run bin/buildout, create a database and initialize it. From the buildout directory:

createdb test-recipe
bin/start_openerp -d test-recipe -i base --stop-after-init

You can then run the tests:

bin/nosetests_openerp -d test-recipe -- /path/to/recipe/branch/tests_with_openerp

Currently, these tests are all about the Session objects, used in scripts.


you may use a different version of the recipe to build that testing buildout. This is anyway what happens if you build with your development version, and hack some changes afterwards.

Using a very different version of the recipe could give funky results, but you’re supposed to know what you’re doing at this point.

Continuous integration

Basic builds

Upon each push on the main branches, Anybox’ public buildbot awakes to check the coding style, run the tests and build this documentation. You may check the status there:

Actual runs

Furthermore, this buildbot instance runs anybox.buildbot.openerp, a buildbot configurator for OpenERP installations based on the recipe.

This is used in turn to run high-level integration tests, having the latest bzr version of the recipe actually install several combinations of OpenObject server and addons, and run their unit tests.

The configuration is stored in the buildbot subdirectory of the master branch. It is made of a high level configuration file (MANIFEST.cfg) and buildout configuration files. This buildbot instance actually aggregates several such configurations.

The corresponding builders are those whose name starts with recipe- in the builders list.


the integration tests mentioned above are executed in particular during this process, currently in the recipe-7.0-postgresql-9.2 builder.

Some builds may appear to be broken because of tests failures been pushed by upstream in OpenERP itself or in the tested addons, but it’s easy to check whether this is due to a recipe failure or not.


Anybox hardware resources are limited; contributing buildslaves would be greatly appreciated.