Feature Flags

Read the Docs offers some additional flag settings which are disabled by default for every project and can only be enabled by contacting us through our support form or reaching out to the administrator of your service.

Available Flags

PIP_ALWAYS_UPGRADE: Always run pip install –upgrade

UPDATE_CONDA_STARTUP: Upgrade conda before creating the environment

The version of conda used in the build process could not be the latest one. This is because we use Miniconda, which its release process is a little more slow than conda itself. In case you prefer to use the latest conda version available, this is the flag you need.

CONDA_APPEND_CORE_REQUIREMENTS: Append Read the Docs core requirements to environment.yml file

Makes Read the Docs to install all the requirements at once on conda create step. This helps users to pin dependencies on conda and to improve build time.

CONDA_USES_MAMBA: Uses mamba binary instead of conda to create the environment

conda solver consumes 1Gb minimum when installing any package using conda-forge channel. This seems to be a known issue due conda forge has so many packages on it, among others. Using this feature flag allows you to use mamba instead of conda to create the environment and install the dependencies. mamba is a drop-in replacement for conda that it’s much faster and also reduces considerably the amount of memory required to solve the dependencies.

DONT_OVERWRITE_SPHINX_CONTEXT: Do not overwrite context vars in conf.py with Read the Docs context

DONT_SHALLOW_CLONE: Do not shallow clone when cloning git repos

The DONT_SHALLOW_CLONE flag is useful if your code accesses old commits during docs build, e.g. python-reno release notes manager is known to do that (error message line would probably include one of old Git commit id’s).

USE_TESTING_BUILD_IMAGE: Use Docker image labelled as `testing` to build the docs

LIST_PACKAGES_INSTALLED_ENV: List packages installed in the environment (“pip list” or “conda list”) on build’s output

DONT_CREATE_INDEX: Do not create index.md or README.rst if the project does not have one.

When Read the Docs detects that your project doesn’t have an index.md or README.rst, it auto-generate one for you with instructions about how to proceed.

In case you are using a static HTML page as index or an generated index from code, this behavior could be a problem. With this feature flag you can disable that.