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From "Graham Dumpleton (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Work started: (MODPYTHON-170) Allow access to request_rec/server_rec/conn_rec/filter_rec as Python CObject.
Date Sun, 03 Dec 2006 04:33:22 GMT
     [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MODPYTHON-170?page=all ]

Work on MODPYTHON-170 started by Graham Dumpleton.

> Allow access to request_rec/server_rec/conn_rec/filter_rec as Python CObject.
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MODPYTHON-170
>                 URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MODPYTHON-170
>             Project: mod_python
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: core
>            Reporter: Graham Dumpleton
>         Assigned To: Graham Dumpleton
>             Fix For: 3.3
> At the moment, if mod_python doesn't expose a feature of Apache that you may want to
use, you are stuffed and either have to convince mod_python maintainers to add it, patch your
mod_python or create a Python loadable module that builds against both mod_python headers
and Apache headers.
> In the latter, it needs access to mod_python headers so as to be able to look inside
the mod_python requestobject to get at the request_rec Apache structure. In practice, the
only thing from the mod_python requestobject that such a extension module is going to want,
is the request_rec structure, thus it is probably simpler and makes building such an extension
easier, if the mod_python requestobject provided a "request_rec" attribute which was a Python
CObject wrapper which wrapped the C request_rec pointer. Similarly, access to server_rec/conn_rec/filter_rec
could also be provided.
> For example, you might have a C extension function like:
> typedef int (*ssl_is_https_t)(conn_rec*);
> static PyObject* is_https(PyObject* module, PyObject* args)
> {
>   PyObject* req_object = 0;
>   request_rec* req;
>   ssl_is_https_t ssl_is_https = 0;
>   int result = 0;
>   if (!PyArg_ParseTuple(args,"O",&req_object))
>     return 0;
>   if (! PyCObject_Check(req_object))
>     PyErr_SetString(PyExc_TypeError,"not a CObject");
>   req = PyCObject_AsVoidPtr(req_object);
>   ssl_is_https = (ssl_is_https_t)apr_dynamic_fn_retrieve("ssl_is_https");
>   if (ssl_is_https == 0)
>     return Py_BuildValue("i",0);
>   result = ssl_is_https(req->connection);
>   return Py_BuildValue("i",result);
> }
> The call to this form Python code would be:
> import myextension
> def handler(req):
>     if myextension.is_https(req.request_rec):
>        ...
> Note that something like this was posted some time back:
>   http://www.modpython.org/pipermail/mod_python/2006-February/020340.html
> but the problem with it was that it needed the mod_python header files when compiling.
Using the Python CObject avoids that. Any Python distutils setup.py file still needs to know
where the Apache header files etc are, but it can use apxs to get that.

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