Opened 2 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

#20717 closed Cleanup/optimization (duplicate)

Generic autodiscover() mechanism

Reported by: niconoe Owned by: nobody
Component: Packaging Version: 1.5
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: nicolas@… Triage Stage: Unreviewed
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no



For an app I'm currently working on, I was looking to implement some configuration mechanism to load and execute files in other installed apps directories, similar to how we configure the admin site through multiple files and by calling the admin.autodiscover() function.

It seems a quite common pattern found in many other apps (Django CMS, django-admin2, ..), but I was quite surprised to see that everyone seems to reinvent the wheel in this aspect. Shouldn't we provide a clean public-facing function (in django.utils) to do exactly this ?

If it appears that the use-cases are too different to be code-factorized, maybe we should instead improve documentation in this aspect, providing some best practices on this subject ?

Should I start working on one of these two approaches ?



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comment:1 Changed 2 years ago by russellm

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Although it may not seem like it, this is effectively a duplicate of #3591. That ticket has evolved over time; it's currently the placeholder for a change called the "App Refactor". One of the many upshots of the app refactor is that it will provide a place to put bootstrap logic (such as autodiscovery), and a clean way to discover all the other apps that exist.

So - I'm pretty sure everything you're describing here will be covered by app refactor.

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