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  1. mod_python
  2. MODPYTHON-170

Allow access to request_rec/server_rec/conn_rec/filter_rec as Python CObject.

    Details

    • Type: New Feature
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: 3.3.1
    • Component/s: core
    • Labels:
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      Description

      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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        grahamd Graham Dumpleton added a comment -

        With possible howls of protest, I'm going to add this in for 3.3 except that only doing it for request, server and connection objects. At this point it doesn't make sense to do it for filter objects as how mod_python sets up a bucket brigade probably makes it pointless as that bucket brigade may interfere. I will call the members _request_rec, _server_rec and _conn_rec. The leading underscore is to indicate they are semi private feature and not for normal use.

        Sorry, just couldn't resist in putting this in now as have some quite amazing stuff working which requires getting proper access to the underlying Apache structures. I would like other people to be able to experiment with this stuff without hacking mod_python first.

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        grahamd Graham Dumpleton added a comment - With possible howls of protest, I'm going to add this in for 3.3 except that only doing it for request, server and connection objects. At this point it doesn't make sense to do it for filter objects as how mod_python sets up a bucket brigade probably makes it pointless as that bucket brigade may interfere. I will call the members _request_rec, _server_rec and _conn_rec. The leading underscore is to indicate they are semi private feature and not for normal use. Sorry, just couldn't resist in putting this in now as have some quite amazing stuff working which requires getting proper access to the underlying Apache structures. I would like other people to be able to experiment with this stuff without hacking mod_python first.

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            grahamd Graham Dumpleton
            Reporter:
            grahamd Graham Dumpleton
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