If Django Filer does not create thumbnails ...

2014-04-04 | #django, #python, #solution, #ubuntu, #webdev

This is most likely the case, because there are missing imaging libraries, which are prerequisites for building PIL/Pillow in the first place and should therefore be installed beforehand. A Pillow installation with missing libs will succeed, but you'll see missing support messages at the very end.

This is a result that's functional:




version Pillow 2.4.0

platform linux2 2.7.3 (default, Feb 27 2014, 20:00:17)

[GCC 4.6.3]


--- TKINTER support available

--- JPEG support available

*** OPENJPEG (JPEG2000) support not available

--- ZLIB (PNG/ZIP) support available

--- LIBTIFF support available

--- FREETYPE2 support available

--- LITTLECMS2 support available

--- WEBP support available

*** WEBPMUX support not available


To install these libraries under Ubuntu 12.04, use these commands, otherwise consult the link to the left.

sudo apt-get install python-dev python-setuptools

sudo apt-get install libtiff4-dev libjpeg8-dev zlib1g-dev \

libfreetype6-dev liblcms2-dev libwebp-dev tcl8.5-dev tk8.5-dev python-tk

#if not already installed

pip install PIL

pip install Pillow

Update on other potential errors:

If PIL cannot be found (seems to be the case in (X)Ubuntu 14 e.g.) use this install:

pip install PIL --allow-external PIL --allow-unverified PIL

Newer Debians/Ubuntus don't seem to find the libs, so you might have to symlink them:

ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libjpeg.so /usr/lib/libjpeg.so

ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libfreetype.so /usr/lib/libfreetype.so

ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so /usr/lib/libz.so

Newer Debians/Ubuntus only search for freetype and not the current freetype2, so symlink this as well:

cd /usr/include/

ln -s freetype2 freetype

Globally you might have to use sudo for pip. Not entirely sure about this, some parts of the PIL install only seemed to work as super user.