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Fixed #3135: added some more explanation about how the various error …

…email settings work together. Thanks, Simon G.

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34 docs/settings.txt
@@ -197,6 +197,10 @@ of (Full name, e-mail address). Example::
(('John', ''), ('Mary', ''))
+Note that Django will email all of these people when there's an error, see the
+section on `error-reporting via email`_ for more information.
@@ -414,7 +418,7 @@ IGNORABLE_404_ENDS
Default: ``('', '', 'mail.cgi', 'mailform.cgi', 'favicon.ico', '.php')``
-See also ``IGNORABLE_404_STARTS``.
+See also ``IGNORABLE_404_STARTS`` and ``Django Error-reporting via Email``
@@ -422,7 +426,8 @@ IGNORABLE_404_STARTS
Default: ``('/cgi-bin/', '/_vti_bin', '/_vti_inf')``
A tuple of strings that specify beginnings of URLs that should be ignored by
-the 404 e-mailer. See ``SEND_BROKEN_LINK_EMAILS`` and ``IGNORABLE_404_ENDS``.
+the 404 e-mailer. See ``SEND_BROKEN_LINK_EMAILS``, ``IGNORABLE_404_ENDS`` and
+the section on `error-reporting via email`_.
@@ -636,8 +641,8 @@ Default: ``False``
Whether to send an e-mail to the ``MANAGERS`` each time somebody visits a
Django-powered page that is 404ed with a non-empty referer (i.e., a broken
link). This is only used if ``CommonMiddleware`` is installed (see the
-`middleware docs`_). See also ``IGNORABLE_404_STARTS`` and
+`middleware docs`_). See also ``IGNORABLE_404_STARTS``,
+``IGNORABLE_404_ENDS`` and the section on `error-reporting via email`_
@@ -977,3 +982,24 @@ Also, it's an error to call ``configure()`` more than once, or to call
It boils down to this: Use exactly one of either ``configure()`` or
``DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE``. Not both, and not neither.
+Error-reporting via email
+When ``DEBUG`` mode is turned off, Django will email the users listed in the
+``ADMIN`` setting whenever a server error occurs. This is most commonly when a
+resource is not found (404 errors), or when there's been an internal server
+error (500). This gives the administrators immediate notification of any errors.
+You can tell Django to stop reporting these 404's by adding the page to the
+``IGNORABLE_404_ENDS`` setting:
+ IGNORABLE_404_ENDS = ('xmlhttp.php')
+Or, you can ignore it using the start of the request path, by using the
+``IGNORABLE_404_STARTS`` setting:
+ IGNORABLE_404_STARTS = ('/phpmyadmin/')
+Finally, if you wish to turn off this email reporting completely, just remove
+all entries from the ``ADMINS`` setting.

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