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If you are looking to setup a buildbot master in a virtualenv, this page will have more accurate information Master_Setup

Initial Setup

mkdir $HOME/venv
cd $HOME/venv
tar zxf virtualenv-1.8.4.tar.gz
python virtualenv-1.8.4/ $HOME/venv
$HOME/venv/bin/pip install virtualenvwrapper
chmod 755 $HOME/venv/virtualenv-1.8.4/scripts/virtualenv

then add these lines to your ~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc

export WORKON_HOME=$HOME/.virtualenvs
source $HOME/venv/bin/
export PATH=$HOME/venv/virtualenv-1.8.4/scripts:$PATH

Using virtual environments

To create a new virtual environment, use 'mkvirtualenv', e.g.

 mkvirtualenv buildapi

This will create and activate a new virtual environment where you can install new packages, e.g.

 pip install mysql-python

To switch between virtual environments, use the 'workon' command, e.g.

 workon buildbot-0.7

All of the heavy lifting here is done by virutalenvwrapper