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Name: [011] John Montgomery
Member: 126 months
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Description: I'm a C/C++, Java and Python programmer living in Hove, UK. ...

Writing a Python CGI Wiki - saving changes and browser redirects [ID:680] (6/6)

in series: Introduction to Python web-programming: CGI

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In this episode we modify our Python CGI wiki script so we can save edits we make to our pages. In addition after the changes are saved we issue a browser redirect, so the user will see the new changes without having to worry about resubmitting the edit form.

This episode highlights a minor drawback with the CGIHTTPServer module - it does not let us issue 302 Redirects. As this is the case we use an alternative method for our redirect. The correct method is outlined in more detail in this Python Cookbook Recipe.


import cgi
import cgitb; cgitb.enable()
import os
import urllib


def redirect(url):
	#print "Status: 302 Moved"
	#print "Location: %s" % url
    print "Content-Type: text/plain"
    print "Refresh: 0; url=%s" % url
    print "Redirecting..."

def url(**kw):
    params=["%s=%s" % (key,urllib.quote_plus(value)) for key,value in kw.items()]
    return "?" + "&".join(params)

def page_file_name(page):
    file_name="%s.txt" % urllib.quote_plus(page)
    return os.path.join(CONTENTS_DIR,file_name)

def page_contents(page):
    if not os.path.exists(file_name):
        return None
    return file(file_name).read()

def save_page_contents(page,contents):

def page_header(title):
    print "Content-Type: text/html"
    print "<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC '-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN' ''>"
    print "<html xmlns=''>"
    print "<head>"
    print "<title>%s</title>" % cgi.escape(title)
    print "</head>"
    print "<body>"

def page_footer(page=None):
	print "<div class='footer_links'>"
	if page is not None:
		print "[<a href='%s'>%s</a>]" % (cgi.escape(url(page=page,action='edit')),'edit')
	print "</div>"
	print "</body>"
	print "</html>"

def view_page(page,params):
    if contents is None:
    print "<h1>%s</h1>" % cgi.escape(page)
    print "<div class='contents'>"
    print cgi.escape(contents)
    print "</div>"

def edit_page(page,params):
    if contents is None:

    print "<h1>%s: %s</h1>" % (title,cgi.escape(page))
    print "<div class='contents'>"
    print "<form method='post'>"
    print "<input type='hidden' name='page' value='%s' />" % cgi.escape(page)
    print "<input type='hidden' name='action' value='save' />"
    print "<textarea name='contents' rows='20' cols='80'>%s</textarea>"  % cgi.escape(contents)
    print "<div><input type='submit' value='Save' /></div>"
    print "</form>"
    print "</div>"

def save_page(page,params):
    if contents is not None:

views = { 'view': view_page, 'edit': edit_page, 'save': save_page }

def execute(params):


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very nice...i hope you find time to finish the project.

Dang, there was a bug, now fixed. This video now plays just fine, sorry about that!


Is part 6 broken? I can't view it or download it.

Hi John, nice video. I hadn't realised that the CGIHTTPServer didn't handle 302 redirects and it would have taken me a while to figure out the solution you've presented - grand stuff.


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Thanks very helpful!


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