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django app can't find wsgi file

I’m trying to deploy a Django site on the app platform. It keeps failing with:

ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'thesite.wsgi'

I started the project with django-admin startproject thesite

My run command for the app is gunicorn --worker-tmp-dir /dev/shm thesite.wsgi

And if I run that command from the project root (the same location as manage.py) on my local machine, everything works.

Any thoughts? I suspect that this is something related to the context where the gunicorn command is running, but I can’t figure out how to get a shell in the same VM/container/whatever that the app is hosted in.


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Bobby Iliev
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April 14, 2023

Hi there,

There are a couple of things that I could suggest here:

  • Make sure you have a requirements.txt or Pipfile in your project’s root directory, listing all the dependencies, including gunicorn. The app platform will use this file to install the required packages.

  • Ensure that your directory structure is correct. It should look like this:

your-repo/
    manage.py
    thesite/
        __init__.py
        settings.py
        urls.py
        wsgi.py
  • In the app platform settings, ensure that your Source Directory is set correctly. If your manage.py and the inner thesite directory are in the root of your repository, leave the Source Directory field empty or set it to /.

After try force redeploying your Django app on the app platform.

On another note, here is an example Django project which you could use as a reference:

https://github.com/digitalocean/sample-django

Let me know how it goes!

Best,

Bobby

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