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Fixed #8688 -- Added a note about using a settings variable for the …


media viewer with the development server. Based on a suggestion from trodrigues.

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malcolmt committed Oct 6, 2008
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  1. +16 −2 docs/howto/static-files.txt
@@ -38,7 +38,8 @@ Here's the formal definition of the :func:`~django.views.static.serve` view:
To use it, just put this in your :ref:`URLconf <topics-http-urls>`::
- (r'^site_media/(?P<path>.*)$', 'django.views.static.serve', {'document_root': '/path/to/media'}),
+ (r'^site_media/(?P<path>.*)$', 'django.views.static.serve',
+ {'document_root': '/path/to/media'}),
...where ``site_media`` is the URL where your media will be rooted, and
``/path/to/media`` is the filesystem root for your media. This will call the
@@ -56,6 +57,18 @@ Given the above URLconf:
* The file ``/path/bar.jpg`` will not be accessible, because it doesn't
fall under the document root.
+Of course, it's not compulsory to use a fixed string for the
+``'document_root'`` value. You might wish to make that an entry in your
+settings file and use the setting value there. That will allow you and
+other developers working on the code to easily change the value as
+required. For example, if we have a line in ```` that says::
+ STATIC_DOC_ROOT = '/path/to/media'
+...we could write the above :ref:`URLconf <topics-http-urls>` entry as::
+ (r'^site_media/(?P<path>.*)$', 'django.views.static.serve',
+ {'document_root': settings.STATIC_DOC_ROOT}),
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@@ -66,7 +79,8 @@ Optionally, you can pass the ``show_indexes`` parameter to the
For example::
- (r'^site_media/(?P<path>.*)$', 'django.views.static.serve', {'document_root': '/path/to/media', 'show_indexes': True}),
+ (r'^site_media/(?P<path>.*)$', 'django.views.static.serve',
+ {'document_root': '/path/to/media', 'show_indexes': True}),
You can customize the index view by creating a template called
``static/directory_index.html``. That template gets two objects in its context:

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