mod_python apache configuration issues

David Fraser davidf at
Tue Oct 19 15:18:36 CEST 2004

digidalmation wrote:
> Hello all.  I've been trying to get my linux server to run mod_python.
> It's a Mandrake 10 linux box, and apache/mod_python are installed from 
> rpms.
> apache2-mod_python-2.0.48_3.1.3-1mdk
> apache2-2.0.48-6mdk
> The rpm installed the python module as:
> /usr/lib/apache2-extramodules/
> And added a config file for apache:
> /etc/httpd/conf.d/16_mod_python.conf
> The apache config files contained the following before my modifications:
> <IfDefine HAVE_PYTHON>
>   <IfModule !mod_python.c>
>     LoadModule python_module    extramodules/
>   </IfModule>
> </IfDefine>
> <IfModule mod_python.c>
> </IfModule>
> Now after reading the docs installed into /usr/share/doc for mod_python
> and going through the directions at, I've also changed the
> config file to add a few lines to one of the directives:
> <Directory /var/www/html>
>     Options -Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
>     AllowOverride All
>     AddHandler mod_python .py
>     PythonHandler mptest
>     PythonDebug On
> </Directory>
> Now when I put the url into a browser:
> I get a popup from the browser because it doesn't know how to handle
>, and it asks what you want to do with the file (open it with
> an application, save it to disk, etc).  I can choose to open the file
> with a text editor, and all it shows is the text "hello world".
> That's the output of the script....  apache isn't feeding the
> browser the code from the, only the output.  (Otherwise when I
> open it in a text editor I'd see the entire script.
> Contents of the script:
> from mod_python import apache
> def handler(req):
>         req.write("Hello World!")
>         return apache.OK
> I'm not a python developer, but have been working with Linux and Apache
> for a number of years.  I'm not sure where to go from here.  It appears
> that the script gets compiled - there is a mptest.pyc file in the
> directory now.  Why is it sending my browser the file with the
>  stdout of the script?
> Thanks in advance.  Any help on this is appreciated.
> Dave

This is working properly, all you want to do is set the content type so 
that your browser can understand it:
req.content_type = "text/plain"
or something like that should do it.


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