Most of my work is creating websites in Django (a Python web framework) and deploying them to my own or clients' servers. I work from a
virtualenv to separate site from system packages and have perhaps 60-80 packages installed in there and that lot is shared between two-dozen sites.
This obvious limitation to this approach is needing to test every site if I upgrade a package it uses. I consider that a fair trade-off for not needing to keep on top of umpteen separate virtualenvs.
And that is essentially my whole problem. How on earth are you supposed to keep on top of
virtualenv deployments? People just seem to treat them like a dumping ground but if the programming universe has learnt anything this past week from the Ruby on Rails explosion, using old versions of software is unacceptable.
I have a simple script that attempts to check for current package versions with the latest
pip counterpart but it's quite inacurrate. It also doesn't differentiate between security upgrades and feature upgrades (which require days of testing and fixing).
I am looking for something better. I am looking for something that can let me know if Django has a new security release out, or if something is end-of-life. I want something to help me (and other Python devops) not become the next batch of people crying after a wave of kids with scanners and scripts convert our servers into a botnet.
Does such a thing exist?