[mod_python] use publisher without .py file extension

Jorey Bump list at joreybump.com
Thu Oct 12 16:29:44 EDT 2006

Sells, Fred wrote:
> I tried that and got a "module not found",  could you send me a copy of your
> <Directory... from the .conf file.  Perhaps I just had a brain fart.  I like
> the approach you describe; that's what we did with cgi before changing to
> mod_python.

# add mod_python.publisher capability to specified directory
# doesn't need .py extension in URL
# if module contains index function, it can be left off URL
# directory cannot serve other kinds of files
<Directory /var/www/vhosts/www.example.com/support>
    AllowOverride All
    SetHandler python-program
    PythonHandler mod_python.publisher
    PythonDebug On

Assuming test.py contains this:

def hello():
     return 'hello'

You would reach it at:


I also usually alias the directory so I can keep it outside the 

  Alias /support /var/www/vhosts/www.example.com/support

And to facilitate creating frontends, I prepend PythonPath with a 
directory exclusive to the VirtualHost:

  PythonPath "['/var/www/vhosts/www.example.com/python'] + sys.path"

Then my published modules are minimal frontends to libraries I create 
there. There are pros and cons to this approach. YMMV.

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