[mod_python] Publisher Handler(my own http404)

Jim Gallacher jpg at jgassociates.ca
Mon May 8 12:01:36 EDT 2006

Deron Meranda wrote:
> On 5/8/06, stefano cirilli <stefano.cirilli1 at virgilio.it> wrote:
>> i'm trying to get my own http404 page, my configuration, in apache conf
>> file(Apache 2.0.55, mod_python 3.2.8), looks like this:
>> <Directory htdocs/users/http404>
>> SetHandler mod_python
>> PythonHandler mod_python.publisher
>> </Directory>
> I'm not exactly sure what you're trying to do, but it looks like you're
> writing your own static file handler.  In which case I think it will be
> best just to let Apache serve up your files rather than using mod_python.
> (Not to mention the security flaws in your sample code).

In addition to the security flaw I would not use
pagebuffer = open(req.filename, 'r').read()
in production for anything other than a small file, as the whole file 
will be read into memory. Much better to have Apache serve up the file 
as Deron suggests, or at least use req.sendfile().

Also, I'd suggest getting publisher working before attempting the other 
things you are trying. Getting the python code when you access pagenotf 
suggests something is amiss with your configuration. I often find when I 
get the python code in the response that the culprit is a typo in the 
Directory path.


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