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Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects ... The software decoupage lets you stitch together index pages from filesystem content

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what is it?

decoupage is a dynamic file server that allows for index pages configurable with genshi templates and .ini files. I mainly wrote it because i was tired of using apache for serving my website and generating index.html files by hand. Decoupage provides views into the filesystem.

how do i use it?

Set up a paste .ini file that specifies the directory to serve ( and, optionally, a configuration file .ini file (decoupage.configuraton) which specifies the labels for the files based on directory. An example of a paste .ini file is in decoupage.ini. Note the [app:decoupage] section:

paste.app_factory = decoupage.factory:factory = %(here)s/example
decoupage.configuration = %(here)s/example.ini

The labels for files are in example.ini, specified by sections as directories:

foo.txt = a file about cats

lilly.txt = lilly
hobbes.txt = a file about Hobbes

You can specify the entire layout from here. Alternately, you can have an index.ini in a directory which, if present, overrides the default configuration. Such a file is in the fleem subdirectory of example:

/template = index.html
fleem.txt = some fleem for ya

Try it out! Install decoupage and run paster serve decoupage.ini and point your browser to the URL it gives you.

how do i do more with decoupage?

Since filenames can’t start with a / (just try it!), the functionality of decoupage may be extended with / commands in a section. This is done by adding a setuptools entry_point to [decoupage.formatters]. See the decoupage and decoupage.formatters for examples. For instance,

Running decoupage-formatters from the command line gives the list of formatters that are available (which are pluggable setuptools extension points at [decoupage.formatters]). For example: /include = site.html could include the site.html genshi template at the top of the body.


determines how to sort the files in a directory; right now only by case-insensitive alphabetically * reverse : reverse the order of the sorting
only pass files of a certain pattern; the inverse of ignore calling all with no arguments means only files with descriptions are used
splits a description into a title and a description via a separator in the description. The template will now have an additional variable, ‘title’, per file Arguments: * separator: what separator to use (‘:’ by default)
obtain the description from the filename the file extension (if any) will be dropped and spaces will be substituted for underscores
ignore files of a glob patterns. These files will not be linked to in the template. e.g. /ignore = .* *.pdf  # don't list dotfiles and PDFs

include: include a file at the top of the body

css: specify CSS used (whitespace separated list)

Decoupage also makes use of other special intrinsic keywords:

formatters: ordered list of formatters to apply

inherit: inherit configuration from a certain directory (instead of the parent

transform: a list of transformers for contenttransformer


Right now, there is minimal testing.


  • allow transformers to be configurable on a per-directory basis
  • add a ?format=rss query string argument
  • add a ?template=foo.html query string argument

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