[mod_python] How do I serve up .html files?

Gregory (Grisha) Trubetskoy grisha at modpython.org
Mon Aug 25 21:53:22 EST 2003

On Mon, 25 Aug 2003, Russell Nelson wrote:

> Maybe this is really an Apache question, but it seems to me like it
> ought to come up in a mod_python context as well.  Can't find it in
> the documentation, the FAQ, or the mailing list archives
> (Aug/Jul/Jun).
> How do I cause my python script to be run when a .html file is accessed?
>     http://angry-economics.russnelson.com/index.html

Russell -

It is pretty much an apache question.

  AddHandler python-program .html
  PythonHandler myhandler
  PythonDebug On

should do it (AddHandler is key, the other two are shown for completness).

> How do I cause my python script to be run when any old file is accessed?
>     http://angry-economics.russnelson.com/

  SetHandler python-program
  PythonHandler myhandler
  PythonDebug On

would make every request be handled by mod_python, regardless of

Of course the consequence of either of the above is that the mod_python
handler would either need to actually do the work of delivering the HTML
itself (the next version will have req.sendfile() to make it a bit more
efficient), or return apache.DECLINED to let Apache handle it after mp
handler did its thing (in which case the mp handler shouldn't write

> In other words, I want a handler which gets run no matter what the
> rest of the URL is.  You'd think this would be in the documentation,
> enabling people to make fully scripted sites, but it seems not to be.

Here is one place where it's mentioned:


...but I admit, the docs are written in a way as to not overlap Apache
docs, which makes it difficult.

> I can't insert a /foo.py/ in there because I have to preserve all the
> old URLs.

P.S. Glad to see you using mod_python!


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