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Python virtualenvwrapper and Logging

January 20, 2011 —

I ran into this issue, and couldn't find a resolution anywhere online. Well, I figured it out, and thought that I'd put it online for others to find.

The issue was that I got exception tracebacks when sourcing the /usr/local/bin/virtualenvwrapper.sh script upon bash initialization. However, the exception happens while Python is running it's atexit handlers. So the stack was only 3 levels deep. I'm running virtualenv and virtualenvwrapper on my Ubuntu 9.04 server.

Here's the output of the exception that I got:

As you can see, not a lot to go with. So it seems that virtualenvwrapper does some logging, and it looks like the logging module wants to rename that logfile. Digging even deeper, the logging module wants to rotate the logfile because it got too big. Well, where is the log file? Turns out that virtualenvwrapper sets up a logfile called hook.log at the root of the WORKON_HOME environment variable. My WORKON_HOME is set to /usr/local/pythonenv and lo and behold, that directory was not writeable by my logged in user. Thats an easy fix. Just change the permissions.