Opened 22 months ago

Closed 8 months ago

#21680 closed Cleanup/optimization (fixed)

Stop supporting models in non-installed apps

Reported by: aaugustin Owned by: Aymeric Augustin <aymeric.augustin@…>
Component: Core (Other) Version: master
Severity: Normal Keywords: app-loading 1.9
Cc: mmitar@… Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


The app registry is explicitly designed to support models outside installed applications.

This doesn't seem particularly useful and makes the code more complicated than necessary.

However, the consequences on backwards compatibility are hairy. If users simply add the missing apps to their INSTALLED_APPS settings, their project could start loading the wrong templates, static files, etc.

This change shouldn't be made lightly.

Change History (25)

comment:1 Changed 22 months ago by mitar

  • Cc mmitar@… added

comment:2 Changed 22 months ago by aaugustin

  • Triage Stage changed from Unreviewed to Accepted

comment:3 Changed 22 months ago by aaugustin

The 1.7 release notes already warn against this.

comment:4 Changed 22 months ago by aaugustin

This could wreak havoc in Django's own tests, as some create arbitrary model classes.

A good middle ground could be to require that each model:

  • is in an installed application, or
  • has an explicit app label.

"Being in an installed application" means that the application has been registered in the app registry before the model class gets created. This is related to #21719.

comment:5 Changed 21 months ago by aaugustin

I'm going to implement a deprecation path for this.

comment:7 Changed 21 months ago by Aymeric Augustin <aymeric.augustin@…>

In 3326a412ccde9f72e22a070a0b4d922048ed2286:

Deprecated importing a model before loading its application.

Refs #21719, #21680.

comment:8 Changed 21 months ago by aaugustin

  • Keywords 1.9 added

This ticket cannot move forward until Django 1.9.

comment:9 Changed 21 months ago by loic84

While discussing #19774 on IRC it appeared that django.contrib.sites.models.get_current_site() which is imported in various places in Django would end up being an issue to anyone who doesn't have django.contrib.sites installed.

If we want to be ready for Django 1.9, we probably should start a deprecation period in 1.7 to move get_current_site() to the package

comment:10 Changed 21 months ago by aaugustin

  • Owner changed from nobody to aaugustin
  • Severity changed from Normal to Release blocker
  • Status changed from new to assigned

Good point.

comment:11 Changed 21 months ago by aaugustin

  • Has patch set

comment:12 Changed 21 months ago by carljm

The PR for contrib.sites looks good.

It occurs to me that the ideal resolution for this ticket would be one where you could safely import models anytime, but they just wouldn't be available in the app registry or register themselves with the ORM (e.g. attach related managers to other models) until/unless their app were installed. (The general principle being that errors on import, or having to be careful what you import when, is an unfortunate smell due to reliance on import side effects.) I presume you considered this and decided it just wasn't feasible to implement? (I haven't looked at the relevant code in detail recently enough to know.)

comment:13 Changed 21 months ago by aaugustin

No, I didn't consider that. I don't know how complicated it would be. In general I would like to see if we can get away with the strict approach and avoid adding complexity to the app registry.

comment:14 Changed 21 months ago by Aymeric Augustin <aymeric.augustin@…>

In 9ffab9cee1a5bd1a2f6c326ae970d92526f9a304:

Moved RequestSite and get_current_site.

Following the app-loading refactor, these objects must live outside of
django.contrib.sites.models because they must be available without
importing the django.contrib.sites.models module when
django.contrib.sites isn't installed.

Refs #21680. Thanks Carl and Loic for reporting this issue.

comment:15 Changed 21 months ago by aaugustin

  • Has patch unset
  • Severity changed from Release blocker to Normal

This is still open, but postponed until the deprecation completes.

comment:16 Changed 21 months ago by aaugustin

  • Owner aaugustin deleted
  • Status changed from assigned to new

comment:17 Changed 20 months ago by aaugustin

#22182 was a duplicate (with a long explanation).

comment:18 Changed 18 months ago by mlavin

I've created a related ticket which notes that this deprecation exposes an issue with the defaults defined in global settings. See #22477.

comment:19 Changed 9 months ago by Tim Graham <timograham@…>

In 4548a282a1c64bb2ed414da3d08617d869cd3740:

Removed contrib.sites.models.RequestSite/get_current_site() aliases.

Per deprecation timeline; refs #21680.

comment:20 Changed 9 months ago by timgraham

Aymeric will look at this ticket and determine if there is there more to it than promoting the existing warning to an exception.

comment:21 Changed 8 months ago by timgraham

Also need to verify the documentation for Options.app_label in docs/ref/models/options.txt is accurate after this change.

comment:22 Changed 8 months ago by aaugustin

I filed #24312 so as not to lose the idea from comment 12.

comment:23 Changed 8 months ago by aaugustin

  • Patch needs improvement set

Four tests in the test_runner app are failing.

comment:24 Changed 8 months ago by aaugustin

  • Has patch set
  • Patch needs improvement unset

comment:25 Changed 8 months ago by Aymeric Augustin <aymeric.augustin@…>

  • Owner set to Aymeric Augustin <aymeric.augustin@…>
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

In 1b8af4cfa023161924a45fb572399d2f3071bf5b:

Disallowed importing concrete models without an application.

Removed fragile algorithm to find which application a model belongs to.

Fixed #21680, #21719. Refs #21794.

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