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The sitescripts repository contains many of the server side Python scripts that we use. There are both web handlers, which can be used via the multiplexer, and scripts that perform other tasks.

The scripts are often unrelated and as such will not all be documented here. For more information about the individual scripts you will need to look at their included README files. (For undocumented scripts you will need to either look at the code itself, or refer to the issue numbers as mentioned in the related commits.)


Many of the scripts included in this repository need some configuration in order to work. For this there is a shared configuration file called sitescripts.ini. The file contains different sections for the different scripts and some shared configuration.

The following paths will be checked - in order - for the scriptscripts configuration file:

  1. ~/.sitescripts
  2. ~/sitescripts.ini
  3. /etc/sitescripts
  4. /etc/sitescripts.ini

There is also an environment variable SITESCRIPTS_CONFIG that can be used to provide a custom path for the configuration file. This custom path will be checked first, effectively at position 0 of the list above.

The first configuration file that is found will be used exclusively. So for example if you have both a ~/.sitescripts file and a ~/sitescripts.ini file the latter will be ignored, and if you specify a valid custom path with SITESCRIPTS_CONFIG all the other files will be ignored.

The DEFAULT section contains some of the more generic configuration options that are shared by the various scripts.

The multiplexer section is used to configure which URL handlers are included by the multiplexing web server. Each option key specifies a module to import, the values are not used and should be left blank.

We won't go into the other sections of the configuration file here, but for an example that includes them all take a look at .sitescripts.example.


Many of the scripts in this repository contain URL handlers which are used when we need to dynamically handle web requests to our servers. For example, we might need to automatically send an email after a web request has been received.

These URL handlers are functions that conform to the WSGI standard as specified in PEP-333. They will almost always use some of the decorators and utilities that are provided by sitescripts.web, for example the url_handler decorator which registers a handling function with the multiplexer for the given path.

The multiplexer imports each module that's listed in the multiplexer section of the sitescripts configuration file, before providing a WSGI app that serves any URL handlers that they have registered.

This WSGI app can then be served using multiplexer.fcgi in production, or in development. multiplexer.fcgi is a FCGI script and depends on the flup package. provides a complete web server and only optionally depends on the werkzeug package. (If werkzeug is available its debugging facilities will be used.)

So, to test any of the URL handlers in development do the following:

  1. Create a sitescripts configuration file that lists the web modules that you are testing under the multiplexer section. (Depending on the modules you are testing you may need to add additional configuration as well.)
  2. Save the configuration file somewhere where it will be found, for example ~/.sitescripts.
  3. Type python, it will start a web server at http://localhost:5000/ . This web server will use any URL handlers that have been defined in the modules you are testing to respond to requests.


There are tests for some parts of the functionality of sitescripts. They are located in test directories and can be run via Tox:

$ tox