Communicating with a PHP script (and pretending I'm a browser)

Larry Martell larry.martell at
Tue Nov 11 17:43:53 CET 2014

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM, Marc Aymerich <glicerinu at> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM, Larry Martell <larry.martell at> wrote:
>> I have a PHP app that I want to convert to django. But I want to do it
>> stages. All the heavy lifting is in the PHP code, so first, I want to
>> just use templates and views to generate the HTML, but still call the
>> PHP code. Then later convert the PHP to python.
>> My issue is that the PHP code expects to get all it's input from the
>> REQUEST object and I've consumed that in the view. Is there any way I
>> can somehow supply that to the PHP code?
>> Is there some way python can communicate like curl ... it needs to
>> send the request string in the body of a POST request to the URL that
>> will route to the PHP script and get the output back.
> Yes,
> I supose you can extract the needed information from the django
> Request object and call the php script passing the needed variables as
> environment state.
> as a guideline you can do something like
> cmd = (
>     'REDIRECT_STATUS=200 '
>     'SCRIPT_FILENAME=htdocs/index.php '
>     'SCRIPT_NAME=/index.php '
>     'PATH_INFO=/ '
>     'SERVER_NAME=site.tld '
>     'REQUEST_URI=/nl/page '
>     'HTTP_HOST=site.tld '
>     '/usr/bin/php-cgi'
> )
> subprocess.Popen(cmd, stdout=subprocess.PIPE)

Thanks very much Marc. In the example, how is the request string passed in?

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