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mod_python: what's going on here?

P: n/a
I'm not entirely certain comp.lang.python is the proper newsgroup for
mod_python questions, but "comp.lang.python.web" doesn't seem to exist,
so... my apologies in advance if this is considered off-topic.

I'm attempting to get mod_python 3.1.4/python 2.4.1 working on Apache
2.0.54 running under OS X. Apache was compiled from source with a
simple

/configure --enable-so --with-mpm=worker

.... followed by the make/make install dance. mod_python was almost as
simple:

../configure --with-apxs=/usr/local/apache2/bin/apxs \
--with-python=/sw/bin/python2.4

.... followed by the requisite dance.

At this point, all's well. The following bits were added to
httpd.conf:

LoadModule python_module /usr/local/apache2/modules/mod_python.so
<Directory "/usr/local/apache2/htdocs/test">
AddHandler mod_python .py
PythonHandler mptest
PythonDebug on
</Directory>

.... one apachectl restart later, Apache was running fine and serving
pages. The version string at the bottom of some static pages listed
mod_python as being present, so I reckoned that meant it was all
installed all right. However, any attempt to serve a mod_python
script, mptest.py, from the test subdirectory results in a 500 Internal
Server Error. Nothing gets written to error_log, but access_log
confirms the 500 was sent.

Does anyone have any experience with mod_python on OS X/Apache
environments? Can anyone shed some light on 500s that don't leave
traces in the error logs, or what precise incantation I need to make
mod_python start serving up scripts?

Also, if this is not appropriate for this group, does anyone know of a
Python group for which this is more appropriate?

Sep 5 '05 #1
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Robert J. Hansen wrote:
I'm not entirely certain comp.lang.python is the proper newsgroup for
mod_python questions, but "comp.lang.python.web" doesn't seem to exist,
so... my apologies in advance if this is considered off-topic.

I'm attempting to get mod_python 3.1.4/python 2.4.1 working on Apache
2.0.54 running under OS X. Apache was compiled from source with a
simple

/configure --enable-so --with-mpm=worker

... followed by the make/make install dance. mod_python was almost as
simple:

./configure --with-apxs=/usr/local/apache2/bin/apxs \
--with-python=/sw/bin/python2.4

... followed by the requisite dance.

At this point, all's well. The following bits were added to
httpd.conf:

LoadModule python_module /usr/local/apache2/modules/mod_python.so
<Directory "/usr/local/apache2/htdocs/test">
AddHandler mod_python .py
PythonHandler mptest
PythonDebug on
</Directory>

... one apachectl restart later, Apache was running fine and serving
pages. The version string at the bottom of some static pages listed
mod_python as being present, so I reckoned that meant it was all
installed all right. However, any attempt to serve a mod_python
script, mptest.py, from the test subdirectory results in a 500 Internal
Server Error. Nothing gets written to error_log, but access_log
confirms the 500 was sent.

Does anyone have any experience with mod_python on OS X/Apache
environments? Can anyone shed some light on 500s that don't leave
traces in the error logs, or what precise incantation I need to make
mod_python start serving up scripts?

Also, if this is not appropriate for this group, does anyone know of a
Python group for which this is more appropriate?

You will probably get help on this newsgroup, but the mod-python list is
pretty helpful, and there's a Python Web-Sig mailing list you can find
out about at http://www.python.org/sigs/ if you want.

I'm afraid I am new to OS X (and 3,000 miles away from my Mac Mini), so
I can't be any help directly with any Mac-dependent issues. But when I
first started using mod_python someone (I'm afraid I don't remember who)
advised me to use SetHandler rather than AddHandler.

Looking at my Windows httpd.conf (2.0.52, so close enough to yours) I see

################################################## #######################
# #
# MOD_PYTHON TESTING AREA #
# #
################################################## #######################
#
# Request handler
#
<Directory "C:/apache/htdocs/modpy">
AllowOverride FileInfo
SetHandler mod_python
PythonHandler mptest
PythonDebug On
</Directory>
#
# Filter handler
#
<Directory "C:/Apache/htdocs/test">
AllowOverride All
SetHandler mod_python
#PythonHandler mptest1
#PythonFixupHandler mptest1
PythonLogHandler mptest1
PythonOutputFilter mptest1 CAPITALIZE
AddOutputFilter CAPITALIZE .txt .py
PythonDebug On
</Directory>

This might at least be enough to start generating sensible error messages.

One further possibility is that Apache is using an older Python by
default: byte codes vary from version to version, so something horrible
might be happening as mod_python tries to execute, but that seems a bit
far-fetched when you've got so far. I seem to remember that OS X doesn't
supply 2.4 by default: have you added it or overwritten the default
Python? Just another base to cover ...

regards
Steve
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Sep 5 '05 #2

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Robert J. Hansen a écrit :
Does anyone have any experience with mod_python on OS X/Apache
environments? Can anyone shed some light on 500s that don't leave
traces in the error logs, or what precise incantation I need to make
mod_python start serving up scripts?
Here is a setup that works for me on 10.3, with Apache2 2.54, python
2.4.1 and mod_python 3.1.4, all installed from source. This should
probably work also with your python from fink.

Apache2:
../configure --enable-mods-shared=all --enable-so

Python:
../configure

mod_python:
../configure --enable-so

Also, if this is not appropriate for this group, does anyone know of a
Python group for which this is more appropriate?

The mod_python mailing list ? At http://www.modpython.org/ .

Regards,

Olivier

Sep 5 '05 #3

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