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Static file handling for fresco

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Basic usage

First you need a fresco app. Here’s one I made earlier:

app = FrescoApp()

Let’s assume this lives in an application that’s structured like this:

mypackage
├── __init__.rst
├── app.py
├── static
│   └── photo.jpg
└── setup.py

Once you have the app, you can create an instance of StaticFiles:

static = StaticFiles(app)

StaticFiles automatically adds routes for the path /static. Static files will be available under /static/<packagename>/<path> eg /static/mypackage/photo.jpg. You can change these defaults:

static = StaticFiles(app,
                     prefix='/media',
                     route_name='media',
                     cache_max_age=3600)

You can have multiple packages serving files through a single StaticFiles object without fear of conflict.

Now you can start configuring static source directories:

# Mount directory '/www/mysite/htdocs'. The first argument is an arbitrary
# name used to identify this source. You can use whatever string you like.
static.add_directory('site-htdocs', '/site/htdocs', cache_max_age=60)

# Serve files located in a 'subdir' directory within the python package
# 'mypackage'
static.add_package('mypackage', 'subdir', cache_max_age=86400)

The cache_max_age argument specifies for how long (in seconds) browsers and proxies can cache responses. For development you might want to set this to zero, but in production use you should set this to a reasonable value and configure a caching HTTP proxy server. When adding source directories you can omit this argument, and the default (configured when you created the StaticFiles object) will be used instead.

static.pathfor generates URLs for static content. You will probably want to include this in your templating system’s default namespace. How you do that depends on how you’ve integrated the templating system, but it would typically be something like this:

templating.contextprocessor({'static': static.pathfor})

Call this in templates to link to static files, eg:

<!-- Reference a file from the "site-htdocs" source
-->
<img src="{{ static('site-htdocs/photo.jpg') }}" alt="My photo" />

<!-- Reference a file from the "mypackage" source
-->
<img src="{{ static('mypackage/photo.jpg') }}" alt="My photo" />

<!-- Path doesn't begin with a source name — all sources will be
     searched for a matching file
-->
<img src="{{ static('cat-pictures/miaow.gif') }}" alt="My photo" />

0.2 (released 2018-08-01)

  • Source names are no longer required to be python identifiers

0.1

  • Initial release

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