[nSLUG] Python and HTML

Frank Geitzler frank.geitzler at ns.sympatico.ca
Thu Jan 8 23:35:18 AST 2015

On Thu, 2015-01-08 at 17:50 -0400, Byron Winmill wrote: 

> Is the server configured to allow CGI programs in general, as well as
> to allow CGI programs in that particular directory?

Byron, as far as I can tell, there should be no restrictions.  
I used IDLE to determine my Python search path:

>>> import sys
>>> sys.path
[‘/home/frank’, ‘/usr.bin’, ‘/usr/lib/python3.1’,
‘/usr/lib/python3.1/plat-linux2’, ‘/usr/lib/python3.1/lib-dynload’,
I stored the code for the server, simple_httpd.py in the
directory /home/frank, together with the other sub-directories and files
listed below:

The code for the server is:

from http.server import HTTPServer, CGIHTTPRequestHandler 

import cgitb
port = 8080

httpd = HTTPServer(('', port), CGIHTTPRequestHandler)
print("Starting simple_httpd on port: " + str(httpd.server_port))

The server is started in a terminal window by changing to the sub-directory "/home/frank" in which it resides, and issuing the following command (where the name of the file is simple_httpd.py):
	python3 simple_htppd.py
I then open FireFox and enter "http://localhost:8080/", at which point the form "index.html" is displayed.  That form is in the same directory as is the server code, as are 
the following files and sub-directories which are also required:
	folders; cgi-bin, data, images, templates
	files: coach.css,	favicon.ico

The code for the entire application can be found as part of the download
for the examples of chapter 7 at:
if you care to dig that deeply into it, or I can send individual files
if desired -I just don't want to fill up this thread too much.
Thanks for your suggestions.

> On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM, Frank Geitzler
> <frank.geitzler at ns.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>         Has anyone experience with Python generating HTML?  I have been
>         attempting to learn Python by working my way through a book called
>         HeadFirstPython, and Chapter 7 purports to create a HTML application
>         with a main form ("webapp/index.html") calling a subsidiary form
>         ("webapp/cgi-bin/generate_list.py"), which in turn will call additional
>         subsidiary forms or alternatively will return to the main form.  The
>         main form correctly appears when the simple local server is started and
>         the Firefox website is pointed to "http://localhost:8080/".  The
>         filename "cgi-bin/generate_list.py" is displayed when the mouse hovers
>         over the proper selection area, but when that area is selected, rather
>         than invoking generate_list.py, gedit is invoked and it attempts to
>         display the contemts of that file, but appears unable to locate it.  The
>         file "cgi-bin/generate_list.py" begins with #! /usr/local/bin/python3
>         and has been marked executable with the command "chmod +x
>         generate_list.py ".  
>         Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>         Frank
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