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From Daniel Dekany <>
Subject Re: Proposal for FREEMARKER-84: More flexible handlig of missing templates
Date Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:06:08 GMT
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:36:48 AM, Taher Alkhateeb wrote:

> Wrong link, sorry, correcting.

Just be sure it's clear, we also have an ignore_missing option (in the
released versions). But it's often not very useful if you can't do
some action in case the template is missing.

Jinja also allows you to specify a list of template names instead of
just one, and uses that as a fallback list. That's something I have
considered as well, and I believe it covers most use-cases for the
proposed feature. However, it falls into the same mistake as
ingnore_missing, as it focuses on a concrete use-case while missing
another (when you have to do something before the template if it
exists). I prefer less but more generic devices. With that could have
avoid adding ignore_missing as well.

> On Feb 17, 2018 11:34 AM, "Taher Alkhateeb" <>
> wrote:
>> For a point of comparison, the python jinja2 template engine (widely used)
>> has an "include" directive that has an attribute named "ignore missing"
>> [1]. I also remember seeing similar behavior in other engines.
>> So I guess perhaps from a usability point of view this seems to be a
>> desired feature by users. However, I don't know what the impact in terms of
>> complexity would reflect in the code base.
>> On Feb 17, 2018 11:18 AM, "Jacopo Cappellato" <>
>> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 8:04 AM, Daniel Dekany <>
>>> wrote:
>>> > Some more opinions guys? Especially as we got one opinion against the
>>> > feature.
>>> >
>>> Just to clarify my opinion: I am not against this feature; I simply don't
>>> consider it a must since there are some workaround to get a similar
>>> behavior. But if it will be implemented I will be happy too.
>>> Jacopo

 Daniel Dekany

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