Make a product install a folder structure in the site
You want your product to install a folder structure in the site when the product is installed. For example, if you have a product which creates objects, you might want to create a special folder for them. Of course, you could do all this programmatically, but there's a much simpler way: Generic Setup has alredy taken care of it.
You'll need a basic understanding of Generic Setup.
Step by step
- In your product's profiles/default folder, create a directory called 'structure'.
- To create a top-level folder with id 'installed-by-product', add a directory of that name to the structure folder.
- Create a file called .objects in the 'structure' directory
- Create a file called .properties in the 'installed-by-product' directory
- Create a file called .preserve in the 'structure' directory
.objects registers the folder to be created:
.properties sets properties of the folder to be created:
[DEFAULT] description = Folder for imported Projects title = Imported Projects
.preserve will make sure the folder isn't overwritten if it already exists.
Ids instead of titles
You may notice that the new generated content's title appears to be set to its id. In this case, the catalog needs to be updated. You can do this through the ZMI, in 'portal_catalog'.
You could automate this process by adding a GS import step in configure.zcml, which looks like this:
<genericsetup:importStep name="my.policy_updateCatalog" title="Update catalog" description="After creating content (from profiles/default/structure), the catalog needs to be updated." handler="my.policy.setuphandlers.updateCatalog"> <depends name="content"/> </genericsetup:importStep>
This is the preferred way to define dependencies for import profiles: The import step declares its dependency on the content import step. 'content' is the name for the step which creates content from profiles/default/structure.You could then add a method which updates the catalog in the product's setuphandlers.py:
def updateCatalog(context, clear=True): portal = context.getSite() logger = context.getLogger('my.policy updateCatalog') logger.info('Updating catalog (with clear=%s) so items in profiles/default/structure are indexed...' % clear ) catalog = portal.portal_catalog err = catalog.refreshCatalog(clear=clear) if not err: logger.info('...done.') else: logger.warn('Could not update catalog.')
If you need more control over the created content, you might want to consider this blog post.