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Can't remember where, but I read uWSGI can reload itself like Django development server when a project script is modified. I can't find that in the docs, nor in the internets. How can I do this?

I use Ubuntu 12.04 on my working machines and Debian Squeeze on stage & production server, Django 1.4 and uWSGI 1.2.

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If you have started uwsgi with the --touch-reload=/path/to/special/file/usually/the.ini option, reloading your uWSGI is a simple matter of touch reloading that file with

touch /path/to/special/file/usually/the.ini

And if you want the "autoreload" capability, this is the tip that gets this done:

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There is a py-autoreload=N option in newer releases. Just set N to the frequency (in seconds) of checks (3 is a good value).

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This is even better, thanks! – culebrón Jul 27 '12 at 10:40
"use only in development" according to uwsgi docs – scytale Jan 28 '13 at 17:32
looks like touch-reload=/some/file is a safer option – scytale Jan 28 '13 at 17:34

If you don't want lose the django autoreload, register this reload method (i.e: in

import uwsgi
from uwsgidecorators import timer
from django.utils import autoreload

def change_code_gracefull_reload(sig):
    if autoreload.code_changed():

Now if you change your code it will be reloaded.

Author: Simone Federici

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This worked perfectly. Also added a conditional so this only gets called in the development environment. – 2upmedia Sep 23 '15 at 18:01

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