Internal Server error when accessing the database


I’m getting an Internal Server error when trying to log in to my Django app via the admin. I’ve noticed that I get the same error when trying to access my database in another way. Hopefully, you can help with the following:

  1. How can I get the log that’s causing this problem? At the moment, all I see in the runtime log is: booting worker with pid: 14
  2. Is it possible that I have a database setting wrong? To my knowledge, I’ve followed the deployment instructions carefully. Thank you in advance
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I resolved the issue. I hadn’t specified the database_url :'), and I also got the test settings for the SMTP. Once I corrected both, the problems were resolved!

Bobby Iliev
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December 13, 2023

Hi there,

In most cases, the 500 error is just a generic error, and in order to get the actual problem you would need to either check your logs or enable debugging.

Here are a few things that you could try:

  1. Accessing Detailed Logs:

    • To get more detailed logs, ensure that Django’s logging is set up correctly in your You can configure it to log errors at a more verbose level, like DEBUG, during the troubleshooting phase.
    • Check your web server’s (like Gunicorn or Nginx) logs as well.
  2. Database Connection Issues:

    • Double-check your DATABASES setting, ensuring that all parameters like HOST, PORT, USER, PASSWORD, and NAME are correct.
    • If you’re using a managed database service, verify that your database instance is running and accessible from your Django application’s host.
  3. SMTP-Based Contact Form Issue:

    • Since the SMTP-based contact form stopped working, it’s possible that there’s an issue with your email backend configuration. Check your email backend settings in, especially the EMAIL_HOST, EMAIL_PORT, EMAIL_HOST_USER, EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD, and EMAIL_USE_TLS or EMAIL_USE_SSL.

Feel free to share the actual error from the error logs so that I can try to advise you further!



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