We recommend that your development and production environments all use a similar directory layout. This standardization will prove helpful when you have to perform maintenance operations, and it will also ease your day to day work.
This recipe creates a directory structure that groups files having similar life cycles or similar purpose together in standardized subdirectories. Feel free to alter this structure to suit your needs, but be sure to have this documented somewhere.
To create the proposed instance layout, you need to perform the following steps:
$ mkdir ~/odoo-dev/projectname $ cd ~/odoo-dev/projectname
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