Django: ImproperlyConfigured: The SECRET_KEY setting must not be empty

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I am trying to set up multiple setting files (development, production, ..) that include some base settings. Cannot succeed though. When I try to run ./manage.py runserver I am getting the following error:

(cb)[email protected] /srv/www/cb $ ./manage.py runserver
ImproperlyConfigured: The SECRET_KEY setting must not be empty.

Here is my settings module:

(cb)[email protected] /srv/www/cb/cb/settings $ ll
total 24
-rw-rw-r--. 1 clime clime 8230 Oct  2 02:56 base.py
-rw-rw-r--. 1 clime clime  489 Oct  2 03:09 development.py
-rw-rw-r--. 1 clime clime   24 Oct  2 02:34 __init__.py
-rw-rw-r--. 1 clime clime  471 Oct  2 02:51 production.py

Base settings (contain SECRET_KEY):

(cb)[email protected] /srv/www/cb/cb/settings $ cat base.py:
# Django base settings for cb project.

import django.conf.global_settings as defaults

DEBUG = False
TEMPLATE_DEBUG = False

INTERNAL_IPS = ("127.0.0.1",)

ADMINS = (
    ("clime", "[email protected]"),
)

MANAGERS = ADMINS

DATABASES = {
    "default": {
        #"ENGINE": "django.db.backends.postgresql_psycopg2", # Add "postgresql_psycopg2", "mysql", "sqlite3" or "oracle".
        "ENGINE": "django.db.backends.postgresql_psycopg2",
        "NAME": "cwu",                   # Or path to database file if using sqlite3.
        "USER": "clime",                 # Not used with sqlite3.
        "PASSWORD": "",                  # Not used with sqlite3.
        "HOST": "",                      # Set to empty string for localhost. Not used with sqlite3.
        "PORT": "",                      # Set to empty string for default. Not used with sqlite3.
    }
}

# Local time zone for this installation. Choices can be found here:
# http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tz_zones_by_name
# although not all choices may be available on all operating systems.
# In a Windows environment this must be set to your system time zone.
TIME_ZONE = "Europe/Prague"

# Language code for this installation. All choices can be found here:
# http://www.i18nguy.com/unicode/language-identifiers.html
LANGUAGE_CODE = "en-us"

SITE_ID = 1

# If you set this to False, Django will make some optimizations so as not
# to load the internationalization machinery.
USE_I18N = False

# If you set this to False, Django will not format dates, numbers and
# calendars according to the current locale.
USE_L10N = False # TODO: make this true and accustom date time input

DATE_INPUT_FORMATS = defaults.DATE_INPUT_FORMATS + ("%d %b %y", "%d %b, %y") # + ("25 Oct 13", "25 Oct, 13")

# If you set this to False, Django will not use timezone-aware datetimes.
USE_TZ = True

# Absolute filesystem path to the directory that will hold user-uploaded files.
# Example: "/home/media/media.lawrence.com/media/"
MEDIA_ROOT = "/srv/www/cb/media"

# URL that handles the media served from MEDIA_ROOT. Make sure to use a
# trailing slash.
# Examples: "http://media.lawrence.com/media/", "http://example.com/media/"
MEDIA_URL = "/media/"

# Absolute path to the directory static files should be collected to.
# Don"t put anything in this directory yourself; store your static files
# in apps" "static/" subdirectories and in STATICFILES_DIRS.
# Example: "/home/media/media.lawrence.com/static/"
STATIC_ROOT = "/srv/www/cb/static"

# URL prefix for static files.
# Example: "http://media.lawrence.com/static/"
STATIC_URL = "/static/"

# Additional locations of static files
STATICFILES_DIRS = (
    # Put strings here, like "/home/html/static" or "C:/www/django/static".
    # Always use forward slashes, even on Windows.
    # Don"t forget to use absolute paths, not relative paths.
)

# List of finder classes that know how to find static files in
# various locations.
STATICFILES_FINDERS = (
    "django.contrib.staticfiles.finders.FileSystemFinder",
    "django.contrib.staticfiles.finders.AppDirectoriesFinder",
#    "django.contrib.staticfiles.finders.DefaultStorageFinder",
)

# Make this unique, and don"t share it with anybody.
SECRET_KEY = "8lu*6g0lg)9z!ba+a$ehk)xt)x%rxgb$i1&022shmi1jcgihb*"

# List of callables that know how to import templates from various sources.
TEMPLATE_LOADERS = (
    "django.template.loaders.filesystem.Loader",
    "django.template.loaders.app_directories.Loader",
#     "django.template.loaders.eggs.Loader",
)

TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS = (
    "django.contrib.auth.context_processors.auth",
    "django.core.context_processors.request",
    "django.core.context_processors.debug",
    "django.core.context_processors.i18n",
    "django.core.context_processors.media",
    "django.core.context_processors.static",
    "django.core.context_processors.tz",
    "django.contrib.messages.context_processors.messages",
    "web.context.inbox",
    "web.context.base",
    "web.context.main_search",
    "web.context.enums",
)

MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES = (
    "django.middleware.common.CommonMiddleware",
    "django.contrib.sessions.middleware.SessionMiddleware",
    "django.middleware.csrf.CsrfViewMiddleware",
    "django.contrib.auth.middleware.AuthenticationMiddleware",
    "django.contrib.messages.middleware.MessageMiddleware",
    "watson.middleware.SearchContextMiddleware",
    "debug_toolbar.middleware.DebugToolbarMiddleware",
    "middleware.UserMemberMiddleware",
    "middleware.ProfilerMiddleware",
    "middleware.VaryOnAcceptMiddleware",
    # Uncomment the next line for simple clickjacking protection:
    # "django.middleware.clickjacking.XFrameOptionsMiddleware",
)

ROOT_URLCONF = "cb.urls"

# Python dotted path to the WSGI application used by Django"s runserver.
WSGI_APPLICATION = "cb.wsgi.application"

TEMPLATE_DIRS = (
    # Put strings here, like "/home/html/django_templates" or "C:/www/django/templates".
    # Always use forward slashes, even on Windows.
    # Don"t forget to use absolute paths, not relative paths.
    "/srv/www/cb/web/templates",
    "/srv/www/cb/templates",
)

INSTALLED_APPS = (
    "django.contrib.auth",
    "django.contrib.contenttypes",
    "django.contrib.sessions",
    "django.contrib.sites",
    "django.contrib.messages",
    "django.contrib.staticfiles",
    "south",
    "grappelli", # must be before admin
    "django.contrib.admin",
    "django.contrib.admindocs",
    "endless_pagination",
    "debug_toolbar",
    "djangoratings",
    "watson",
    "web",
)

AUTH_USER_MODEL = "web.User"

# A sample logging configuration. The only tangible logging
# performed by this configuration is to send an email to
# the site admins on every HTTP 500 error when DEBUG=False.
# See http://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/topics/logging for
# more details on how to customize your logging configuration.
LOGGING = {
    "version": 1,
    "disable_existing_loggers": False,
    "filters": {
        "require_debug_false": {
            "()": "django.utils.log.RequireDebugFalse"
        }
    },
    "formatters": {
        "standard": {
            "format" : "[%(asctime)s] %(levelname)s [%(name)s:%(lineno)s] %(message)s",
            "datefmt" : "%d/%b/%Y %H:%M:%S"
        },
    },
    "handlers": {
        "mail_admins": {
            "level": "ERROR",
            "filters": ["require_debug_false"],
            "class": "django.utils.log.AdminEmailHandler"
        },
        "null": {
            "level":"DEBUG",
            "class":"django.utils.log.NullHandler",
        },
        "logfile": {
            "level":"DEBUG",
            "class":"logging.handlers.RotatingFileHandler",
            "filename": "/srv/www/cb/logs/application.log",
            "maxBytes": 50000,
            "backupCount": 2,
            "formatter": "standard",
        },
        "console":{
            "level":"INFO",
            "class":"logging.StreamHandler",
            "formatter": "standard"
        },
    },
    "loggers": {
        "django.request": {
            "handlers": ["mail_admins"],
            "level": "ERROR",
            "propagate": True,
        },
        "django": {
            "handlers":["console"],
            "propagate": True,
            "level":"WARN",
        },
        "django.db.backends": {
            "handlers": ["console"],
            "level": "DEBUG",
            "propagate": False,
        },
        "web": {
            "handlers": ["console", "logfile"],
            "level": "DEBUG",
        },
    },
}

LOGIN_URL = "login"
LOGOUT_URL = "logout"

#ENDLESS_PAGINATION_LOADING = """
#    <img src="/static/web/img/preloader.gif" alt="loading" style="margin:auto"/>
#"""
ENDLESS_PAGINATION_LOADING = """
    <div class="spinner small" style="margin:auto">
        <div class="block_1 spinner_block small"></div>
        <div class="block_2 spinner_block small"></div>
        <div class="block_3 spinner_block small"></div>
    </div>
"""

DEBUG_TOOLBAR_CONFIG = {
    "INTERCEPT_REDIRECTS": False,
}

import django.template.loader
django.template.loader.add_to_builtins("web.templatetags.cb_tags")
django.template.loader.add_to_builtins("web.templatetags.tag_library")

WATSON_POSTGRESQL_SEARCH_CONFIG = "public.english_nostop"

One of the setting files:

(cb)[email protected] /srv/www/cb/cb/settings $ cat development.py 
from base import *

DEBUG = True
TEMPLATE_DEBUG = True

ALLOWED_HOSTS = ["127.0.0.1", "31.31.78.149"]

DATABASES = {
    "default": {
        "ENGINE": "django.db.backends.postgresql_psycopg2",
        "NAME": "cwu",
        "USER": "clime",
        "PASSWORD": "",
        "HOST": "",
        "PORT": "",
    }
}

MEDIA_ROOT = "/srv/www/cb/media/"

STATIC_ROOT = "/srv/www/cb/static/"

TEMPLATE_DIRS = (
    "/srv/www/cb/web/templates",
    "/srv/www/cb/templates",
)

Code in manage.py:

(cb)[email protected] /srv/www/cb $ cat manage.py 
#!/usr/bin/env python
import os
import sys

if __name__ == "__main__":
    os.environ.setdefault("DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE", "cb.settings.development")

    from django.core.management import execute_from_command_line

    execute_from_command_line(sys.argv)

If I add from base import * into /srv/www/cb/cb/settings/__init__.py (which is otherwise empty), it magically starts to work but I don"t understand why. Anyone could explain to me what"s going on here? It must be some python module magic.

EDIT: Everything also starts to work if I remove this line from base.py

django.template.loader.add_to_builtins("web.templatetags.cb_tags")

If I remove this line from web.templatetags.cb_tags, it also starts to work:

from endless_pagination.templatetags import endless

I guess it is because, in the end, it leads to

from django.conf import settings
PER_PAGE = getattr(settings, "ENDLESS_PAGINATION_PER_PAGE", 10)

So it creates some weird circular stuff and game over.





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