Using repoze.evolution

Using the ZODBEvolutionManager

repoze.evolution contains an implementation of an evolution manager named ZODBEvolutionManager. You instantiate a ZODBEvolutionManager like so:

from my.package import get_persistent_object
from repoze.evolution import ZODBEvolutionManager
persistent_object = get_persistent_object()
context = persistent_object
manager=ZODBEvolutionManager(context, evolve_packagename='my.package.evolve',

The above code initializes a ZODB evolution manager. The``context`` is an object which must inherit from persistent.Persistent that will be passed in to each evolution script’s evolve method. evolve_packagename is the Python dotted package name of a package which contains evolution scripts. sw_version is the current software version of the software represented by this manager.

In the above example, if the database has no version already set on it, the evolution manager will not attempt to construe what version it should consider the database to be. To specify the version the evolution manager should consider any unversioned database to be, pass a value for the optional fourth argument, initial_db_version:

manager=ZODBEvolutionManager(context, evolve_packagename='my.package.evolve',
                             sw_version=2, initial_db_version=0)

In general, when creating a new instance of an application you will need to bootstrap your database in some way. At this time, you probably also want to set the version of your database to the software version. To do this, use the set_db_version() method of IEvolutionManager():

manager=ZODBEvolutionManager(context, evolve_packagename='my.package.evolve',

To provide evolution steps in a package, create the package, and put modules in it named “evolve<N>.py” where N represents the software version: N must be >= 1 (0 represents the initial state). For example, if you place the following script into the my.package.evolve package as, when evolution is run, it will evolve the database to generation #1.

def evolve(context):
   context.evolved = 1

After this evolution step is run, the ZODB database will be marked as “at generation 1” (by mutating a dictionary stored in its root). Add further scripts and change the sw_version of the manager to evolve further. The above script is just an example; setting “evolved” on the context is not necessary; evolve scripts should do arbitrary things to adjust database data structures to match the code software version.

Evolution steps are run when the evolve_to_latest function is used with an appropriate manager object.

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