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# MoodleNet Developer FAQ
Hello, potential contributor!
This is a work in progress guide to getting moodlenet up and running
as a developer. Please ask questions in the public telegram channel or
via gitlab if something is not clear.
Happy hacking!
## Getting set up
There are three options. The easy option should work the best for most
### Easy Option - fully managed via docker-compose
* `make`
* Docker
* Docker Compose
From a fresh checkout, download the dependencies and setup the database:
make dev-setup
You should then be able to run with:
make dev
#### Other useful makefile tasks
- `make dev-build` - rebuild the dev docker image
- `make dev-db` - rebuild the development database
- `make dev-test-db` - rebuild the test database
- `make dev-test` - run the tests
- `make dev-db-up` - launch only the database
#### Forwarded ports
* `4000` - moodlenet http listener
* `5432` - postgres database server
### Semi-Manual Option - docker-managed dataabase
* A recent elixir version (1.8.0+)
MoodleNet takes some configuration in the form of environment
variables so we don't need to rebuild the docker images to change the
configuration. The first task therefore is to export the development
environment in the current shell:
eval "$(make dev-exports)"
You can then install the elixir deps:
mix deps.get
Launch the database (in a second shell, preferably):
make dev-db-up
And reset it:
mix ecto.reset
Finally, you may launch the application in iex:
iex -S mix phx.server
### Fully Manual
If you wish to avoid docker entirely, you will need to follow the
steps above, except:
1. After setting the environment with `eval $(make dev-exports)`, you
will need to export the following variables in the environment to
match the configuration of your database:
2. You will not need to run `make dev-db-up`
## What happens when I get this error?
### (Mix) Package fetch failed
** (Mix) Package fetch failed and no cached copy available (
In this case, distillery made a new release and retired the old
release from hex. The new version (`2.0.14`) is quite close to the
version we were depending on (`2.0.12`), so we chose to upgrade:
mix deps.update distillery
This respects the version bounds in `mix.exs` (`~> 2.0`).
### `(DBConnection.ConnectionError) tcp recv: closed`
** (DBConnection.ConnectionError) tcp recv: closed (the connection was closed by the pool, poissibly due to a timeout or because the pool has been terminated)
In this case, the seeds were unable to complete because a query took
too long to execute on your machine. You can configure the timeout to
be larger in the `dev` environment:
1. Open `config/dev.exs` in your editor.
2. Find the database configuration (search for `MoodleNet.Repo`).
3. Add `timeout: 60_000` to the list of options.
The finished result should look like this (did you remember to add a
comma at the end of the `pool_size` line?):
config :moodle_net, MoodleNet.Repo,
adapter: Ecto.Adapters.Postgres,
username: "postgres",
password: "postgres",
database: "moodle_net_dev",
hostname: System.get_env("DATABASE_HOST") || "localhost",
pool_size: 10,
timeout: 60_000
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## Installation
These instructions are for installing moodlenet in production. If you
wish to run moodlenet in development, please refer to our [Developer
### Configuring the back-end
In the `config/` directory, you will find the following default config files:
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## Development Setup
### Docker - recommended
From a fresh checkout:
```make dev-setup```
You should then be able to run with:
```make dev```
Here are the other useful tasks:
- `make dev-build` - rebuild the dev docker image
- `make dev-db` - rebuild the development database
- `make dev-test-db` - rebuild the test database
- `make dev-test` - run the tests
## Localisation
## Internationalisation
The backend code currently has very few translatable strings, basically error messages transactional emails:
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