Problem running python/Jinja as a build step for a static site.

I have a static site on App Platform that I cannot get to build correctly.

I am using Jinja to generate a static site from some templates. I have a script called in the root directory of the app that does this. It works locally with python 3.8.5, so I know it’s not an issue with the script itself, but maybe the environment. I’ve also gotten the App to run just fine with just the pre-built html made by running the build script locally instead of as a part of the deployment process.

The initial section of the deployment always runs as follows:

=> Initializing build
=> Retrieving source code to /workspace
=> Selecting branch "main"
=> Checking out commit "[a commit hash]"
=> Validating environment

=> Building app using buildpacks
=> Configuring custom build command to be run at the end of the build:
     [see below after this section]
=> Running buildpack detection

digitalocean/python-appdetect 0.0.2
heroku/python                 0.188.4
digitalocean/procfile         0.0.3
digitalocean/custom           0.1.0

=> Building app

-----> Installing python-3.8.7
-----> Installing pip 20.1.1, setuptools 47.1.1 and wheel 0.34.2
-----> Installing SQLite3
rm: cannot remove '/workspace/.heroku/python/apt/state/lists': Directory not empty
Sqlite3 failed to install.
-----> Installing requirements with pip
       Collecting Jinja2==2.11.3
         Downloading Jinja2-2.11.3-py2.py3-none-any.whl (125 kB)
       Collecting MarkupSafe==1.1.1
         Downloading MarkupSafe-1.1.1-cp38-cp38-manylinux2010_x86_64.whl (32 kB)
       Installing collected packages: MarkupSafe, Jinja2
       Successfully installed Jinja2-2.11.3 MarkupSafe-1.1.1

What comes next fails a few different ways:

When I use python as the build command, it fails with ImportError: No module named site. Running python -V as the build command shows that the command invokes version 2.6.

Switching to python3 as the build command instead fails with

Fatal Python error: Py_Initialize: Unable to get the locale encoding
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'encodings'

Running python3 -V as the build command shows it invoking version 3.6.

Switching to python3.8 shows bash: python3.8: command not found

From the logs it looks like python3.8 is installed as a part of building the app, but I can’t seem to invoke it.

Is it possible to run a python script with python3.8 as a part of the build step for a static site on App platform, and if so, how can I invoke it correctly here? Not even sure this would fix the issue, but it certainly isn’t working with python 2.6

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Kamal Nasser
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March 26, 2021
Accepted Answer

👋🏼 @Treelimb

Thanks for reporting this. I am able to reproduce and it seems to be bug with the build environment. I’ve logged an internal bug report so we can fix it. As a workaround until then, you should be able to use .heroku/python/bin/python instead of python in the build command.

UPDATE: This has been fixed.

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