[mod_python] mod_python version compatibilities

rahul Rahul.G.Nair at Sun.COM
Mon Mar 3 02:17:56 EST 2008

[Graham Dumpleton:]
| >  | >  while developing modules in mod_python. Includes configuration
| >  | >  directives and APIs)
| >  |
| >  | If you want some semblance of version compatibility, or even
| >  | portability for Python web applications, then don't write your web
| >  | applications to directly use mod_python. Instead, write your web
| >  | application to work against the WSGI specification (www.wsgi.org) for
| >  | Python web applications. That way you have a better chance of changes
| >  | in the hosting mechanism not causing a problem.
| >  |
| >  | What is you are really trying to do and what web applications are you
| >  | wanting to host? Do you specifically need mod_python because of
| >  | wanting to hook into internal features of Apache?
| >
| >
| > My interest is to bundle mod_python in OpenSolaris SXDE, as a package
| >  (compiled) for others to use. So the applications that would use
| >  mod_python would not be under my control. And yes, it could be that
| >  the developers might decide to hook into the internals of apache through
| >  mod_python (I cant be sure they wont :) ).
| >
| >  Thank you for the response, It clarified what I was looking for.
| Since for Python web application development, most stuff is heading
| towards WSGI, you might also want to have a look at mod_wsgi
| (www.modwsgi.org).

ok, I will try and bundle that too.
| BTW, does Solaris packaged version of Python supply only a static
| version of Python library? Lack of a shared library for Python,
| installed in correct place so that it is found properly, has been a
| problem with many Python distributions. I recollect some distributed
| versions of Python for Solaris being like that.

We do bundle the libpython shared library in solaris.

$file /usr/lib/sparcv9/libpython2.4.so.1.0
/usr/lib/sparcv9/libpython2.4.so.1.0:   ELF 64-bit MSB dynamic lib
SPARCV9 Version 1, dynamically linked

$file /usr/lib/libpython2.4.so.1.0
/usr/lib/libpython2.4.so.1.0:   ELF 32-bit MSB dynamic lib
SPARCV9 Version 1, dynamically linked

$cat /etc/release 
                 Solaris Express Community Edition snv_83a SPARC

| For more details on static/shared library issues, see:
|   http://code.google.com/p/modwsgi/wiki/InstallationIssues

Thanks that is very useful.


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