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canonicalwebteam.yaml-responses

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Easily serve 302 and 410 responses with simple YAML files.

This module contains Django and Flask helpers to serve "302 Found" redirect and "410 Gone" deleted responses from lists read from redirects.yaml and deleted.yaml files contained in the app directory.

File format

redirects.yaml

hello: /world  # A simple redirect
example-(?P<name>.*): http://example.com/{name}  # A redirect with a regex replacement

deleted.yaml

deleted:
deleted/.*/regex:  # This will match "/deleted/{anything}/regex"
deleted/with/message:
  message: "Gone, gone, gone"  # This context data is passed directly to the template

Usage

You can use this library with either Django or Flask.

Django

Install the packege for Django as follows:

pip install canonicalwebteam.yaml_responses[django]  # For Django helpers

Here's how to add URL patterns for redirects and deleted endpoints to Django:

create_redirect_views and create_deleted_views basic usage

This will read redirects.yaml and deleted.yaml pages in the project root.

For the "deleted" responses, it will look for a template called 410.html in the default templates/ directory.

# urls.py
from django.conf.urls import url
from canonicalwebteam.yaml_responses.django_helpers import (
    create_redirect_views,
    create_deleted_views
)

urlpatterns = create_redirect_views()  # Read redirects.yaml
urlpatterns += create_deleted_views()  # Read deleted.yaml

urlpatterns += ...  # The rest of your views

Options for create_redirect_views

E.g.:

urlpatterns = create_redirect_views(
    path="config/permanent-redirects.yaml",
    permanent=True
)
urlpatterns += ...  # The rest of the views

Options for create_deleted_views

  • path: The path to the YAML file
  • view_callback: An alternative function to process Deleted responses

E.g.:

def deleted_callback(request, url_mapping, settings, *args, **kwargs):
    return render(request, "errors/410.html", url_mapping, status=410)

urlpatterns = create_deleted_views(
    path="config/deleted-paths.yaml",
    view_callback=deleted_callback
)

Flask

Install the package for Flask as follows:

pip install canonicalwebteam.yaml_responses[flask]  # For Flask helpers

Here's how to process redirects and deleted before other views are processed in Flask:

prepare_redirects and prepare_deleted basic usage

This will read redirects.yaml and deleted.yaml pages in the project root.

For the "deleted" responses, it will look for a template called 410.html in the default templates/ directory.

# app.py
from flask import Flask
from canonicalwebteam.yaml_responses.flask_helpers import (
    prepare_deleted,
    prepare_redirects,
)

app = Flask()

app.before_request(prepare_redirects())  # Read redirects.yaml
app.before_request(prepare_deleted())  # Read deleted.yaml

Options for prepare_redirects

E.g.:

app.before_request(
    prepare_redirects(
        path=f"{parent_dir}/redirects.yaml",
        permanent=True
    )
)

Options for prepare_deleted

  • path: The path to the YAML file
  • view_callback: An alternative function to process Deleted responses

E.g.:

def deleted_callback(context):
    return render_template("errors/410.html"), 410

app.before_request(
    path=prepare_deleted(path="config/deleted-paths.yaml",
    view_callback=deleted_callback)
)

Notes

This package has evolved from, and is intended to replace, the following projects:

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