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"""Exception classes for CherryPy.
CherryPy provides (and uses) exceptions for declaring that the HTTP response
should be a status other than the default "200 OK". You can ``raise`` them like
normal Python exceptions. You can also call them and they will raise themselves;
this means you can set an :class:`HTTPError<cherrypy._cperror.HTTPError>`
or :class:`HTTPRedirect<cherrypy._cperror.HTTPRedirect>` as the
.. _redirectingpost:
Redirecting POST
When you GET a resource and are redirected by the server to another Location,
there's generally no problem since GET is both a "safe method" (there should
be no side-effects) and an "idempotent method" (multiple calls are no different
than a single call).
POST, however, is neither safe nor idempotent--if you
charge a credit card, you don't want to be charged twice by a redirect!
For this reason, *none* of the 3xx responses permit a user-agent (browser) to
resubmit a POST on redirection without first confirming the action with the user:
===== ================================= ===========
300 Multiple Choices Confirm with the user
301 Moved Permanently Confirm with the user
302 Found (Object moved temporarily) Confirm with the user
303 See Other GET the new URI--no confirmation
304 Not modified (for conditional GET only--POST should not raise this error)
305 Use Proxy Confirm with the user
307 Temporary Redirect Confirm with the user
===== ================================= ===========
However, browsers have historically implemented these restrictions poorly;
in particular, many browsers do not force the user to confirm 301, 302
or 307 when redirecting POST. For this reason, CherryPy defaults to 303,
which most user-agents appear to have implemented correctly. Therefore, if
you raise HTTPRedirect for a POST request, the user-agent will most likely
attempt to GET the new URI (without asking for confirmation from the user).
We realize this is confusing for developers, but it's the safest thing we
could do. You are of course free to raise ``HTTPRedirect(uri, status=302)``
or any other 3xx status if you know what you're doing, but given the
environment, we couldn't let any of those be the default.
Custom Error Handling
.. image:: /refman/cperrors.gif
Anticipated HTTP responses
The 'error_page' config namespace can be used to provide custom HTML output for
expected responses (like 404 Not Found). Supply a filename from which the output
will be read. The contents will be interpolated with the values %(status)s,
%(message)s, %(traceback)s, and %(version)s using plain old Python
`string formatting <>`_.
_cp_config = {'error_page.404': os.path.join(localDir, "static/index.html")}
Beginning in version 3.1, you may also provide a function or other callable as
an error_page entry. It will be passed the same status, message, traceback and
version arguments that are interpolated into templates::
def error_page_402(status, message, traceback, version):
return "Error %s - Well, I'm very sorry but you haven't paid!" % status
cherrypy.config.update({'error_page.402': error_page_402})
Also in 3.1, in addition to the numbered error codes, you may also supply
"error_page.default" to handle all codes which do not have their own error_page entry.
Unanticipated errors
CherryPy also has a generic error handling mechanism: whenever an unanticipated
error occurs in your code, it will call
:func:`Request.error_response<cherrypy._cprequest.Request.error_response>` to set
the response status, headers, and body. By default, this is the same output as
:class:`HTTPError(500) <cherrypy._cperror.HTTPError>`. If you want to provide
some other behavior, you generally replace "request.error_response".
Here is some sample code that shows how to display a custom error message and
send an e-mail containing the error::
from cherrypy import _cperror
def handle_error():
cherrypy.response.status = 500
cherrypy.response.body = ["<html><body>Sorry, an error occured</body></html>"]
sendMail('', 'Error in your web app', _cperror.format_exc())
class Root:
_cp_config = {'request.error_response': handle_error}
Note that you have to explicitly set :attr:`response.body <cherrypy._cprequest.Response.body>`
and not simply return an error message as a result.
from cgi import escape as _escape
from sys import exc_info as _exc_info
from traceback import format_exception as _format_exception
from cherrypy._cpcompat import basestring, iteritems, urljoin as _urljoin
from cherrypy.lib import httputil as _httputil
class CherryPyException(Exception):
"""A base class for CherryPy exceptions."""
class TimeoutError(CherryPyException):
"""Exception raised when Response.timed_out is detected."""
class InternalRedirect(CherryPyException):
"""Exception raised to switch to the handler for a different URL.
This exception will redirect processing to another path within the site
(without informing the client). Provide the new path as an argument when
raising the exception. Provide any params in the querystring for the new URL.
def __init__(self, path, query_string=""):
import cherrypy
self.request = cherrypy.serving.request
self.query_string = query_string
if "?" in path:
# Separate any params included in the path
path, self.query_string = path.split("?", 1)
# Note that urljoin will "do the right thing" whether url is:
# 1. a URL relative to root (e.g. "/dummy")
# 2. a URL relative to the current path
# Note that any query string will be discarded.
path = _urljoin(self.request.path_info, path)
# Set a 'path' member attribute so that code which traps this
# error can have access to it.
self.path = path
CherryPyException.__init__(self, path, self.query_string)
class HTTPRedirect(CherryPyException):
"""Exception raised when the request should be redirected.
This exception will force a HTTP redirect to the URL or URL's you give it.
The new URL must be passed as the first argument to the Exception,
e.g., HTTPRedirect(newUrl). Multiple URLs are allowed in a list.
If a URL is absolute, it will be used as-is. If it is relative, it is
assumed to be relative to the current cherrypy.request.path_info.
If one of the provided URL is a unicode object, it will be encoded
using the default encoding or the one passed in parameter.
There are multiple types of redirect, from which you can select via the
``status`` argument. If you do not provide a ``status`` arg, it defaults to
303 (or 302 if responding with HTTP/1.0).
raise cherrypy.HTTPRedirect("")
raise cherrypy.HTTPRedirect("/abs/path", 307)
raise cherrypy.HTTPRedirect(["path1", "path2?a=1&b=2"], 301)
See :ref:`redirectingpost` for additional caveats.
status = None
"""The integer HTTP status code to emit."""
urls = None
"""The list of URL's to emit."""
encoding = 'utf-8'
"""The encoding when passed urls are unicode objects"""
def __init__(self, urls, status=None, encoding=None):
import cherrypy
request = cherrypy.serving.request
if isinstance(urls, basestring):
urls = [urls]
abs_urls = []
for url in urls:
if isinstance(url, unicode):
url = url.encode(encoding or self.encoding)
# Note that urljoin will "do the right thing" whether url is:
# 1. a complete URL with host (e.g. "")
# 2. a URL relative to root (e.g. "/dummy")
# 3. a URL relative to the current path
# Note that any query string in cherrypy.request is discarded.
url = _urljoin(cherrypy.url(), url)
self.urls = abs_urls
# RFC 2616 indicates a 301 response code fits our goal; however,
# browser support for 301 is quite messy. Do 302/303 instead. See
if status is None:
if request.protocol >= (1, 1):
status = 303
status = 302
status = int(status)
if status < 300 or status > 399:
raise ValueError("status must be between 300 and 399.")
self.status = status
CherryPyException.__init__(self, abs_urls, status)
def set_response(self):
"""Modify cherrypy.response status, headers, and body to represent self.
CherryPy uses this internally, but you can also use it to create an
HTTPRedirect object and set its output without *raising* the exception.
import cherrypy
response = cherrypy.serving.response
response.status = status = self.status
if status in (300, 301, 302, 303, 307):
response.headers['Content-Type'] = "text/html;charset=utf-8"
# "The ... URI SHOULD be given by the Location field
# in the response."
response.headers['Location'] = self.urls[0]
# "Unless the request method was HEAD, the entity of the response
# SHOULD contain a short hypertext note with a hyperlink to the
# new URI(s)."
msg = {300: "This resource can be found at <a href='%s'>%s</a>.",
301: "This resource has permanently moved to <a href='%s'>%s</a>.",
302: "This resource resides temporarily at <a href='%s'>%s</a>.",
303: "This resource can be found at <a href='%s'>%s</a>.",
307: "This resource has moved temporarily to <a href='%s'>%s</a>.",
msgs = [msg % (u, u) for u in self.urls]
response.body = "<br />\n".join(msgs)
# Previous code may have set C-L, so we have to reset it
# (allow finalize to set it).
response.headers.pop('Content-Length', None)
elif status == 304:
# Not Modified.
# "The response MUST include the following header fields:
# Date, unless its omission is required by section 14.18.1"
# The "Date" header should have been set in Response.__init__
# "...the response SHOULD NOT include other entity-headers."
for key in ('Allow', 'Content-Encoding', 'Content-Language',
'Content-Length', 'Content-Location', 'Content-MD5',
'Content-Range', 'Content-Type', 'Expires',
if key in response.headers:
del response.headers[key]
# "The 304 response MUST NOT contain a message-body."
response.body = None
# Previous code may have set C-L, so we have to reset it.
response.headers.pop('Content-Length', None)
elif status == 305:
# Use Proxy.
# self.urls[0] should be the URI of the proxy.
response.headers['Location'] = self.urls[0]
response.body = None
# Previous code may have set C-L, so we have to reset it.
response.headers.pop('Content-Length', None)
raise ValueError("The %s status code is unknown." % status)
def __call__(self):
"""Use this exception as a request.handler (raise self)."""
raise self
def clean_headers(status):
"""Remove any headers which should not apply to an error response."""
import cherrypy
response = cherrypy.serving.response
# Remove headers which applied to the original content,
# but do not apply to the error page.
respheaders = response.headers
for key in ["Accept-Ranges", "Age", "ETag", "Location", "Retry-After",
"Vary", "Content-Encoding", "Content-Length", "Expires",
"Content-Location", "Content-MD5", "Last-Modified"]:
if key in respheaders:
del respheaders[key]
if status != 416:
# A server sending a response with status code 416 (Requested
# range not satisfiable) SHOULD include a Content-Range field
# with a byte-range-resp-spec of "*". The instance-length
# specifies the current length of the selected resource.
# A response with status code 206 (Partial Content) MUST NOT
# include a Content-Range field with a byte-range- resp-spec of "*".
if "Content-Range" in respheaders:
del respheaders["Content-Range"]
class HTTPError(CherryPyException):
"""Exception used to return an HTTP error code (4xx-5xx) to the client.
This exception can be used to automatically send a response using a http status
code, with an appropriate error page. It takes an optional
``status`` argument (which must be between 400 and 599); it defaults to 500
("Internal Server Error"). It also takes an optional ``message`` argument,
which will be returned in the response body. See
`RFC 2616 <>`_
for a complete list of available error codes and when to use them.
raise cherrypy.HTTPError(403)
raise cherrypy.HTTPError("403 Forbidden", "You are not allowed to access this resource.")
status = None
"""The HTTP status code. May be of type int or str (with a Reason-Phrase)."""
code = None
"""The integer HTTP status code."""
reason = None
"""The HTTP Reason-Phrase string."""
def __init__(self, status=500, message=None):
self.status = status
self.code, self.reason, defaultmsg = _httputil.valid_status(status)
except ValueError, x:
raise self.__class__(500, x.args[0])
if self.code < 400 or self.code > 599:
raise ValueError("status must be between 400 and 599.")
# See
# self.message = message
self._message = message or defaultmsg
CherryPyException.__init__(self, status, message)
def set_response(self):
"""Modify cherrypy.response status, headers, and body to represent self.
CherryPy uses this internally, but you can also use it to create an
HTTPError object and set its output without *raising* the exception.
import cherrypy
response = cherrypy.serving.response
# In all cases, finalize will be called after this method,
# so don't bother cleaning up response values here.
response.status = self.status
tb = None
if cherrypy.serving.request.show_tracebacks:
tb = format_exc()
response.headers['Content-Type'] = "text/html;charset=utf-8"
response.headers.pop('Content-Length', None)
content = self.get_error_page(self.status, traceback=tb,
response.body = content
def get_error_page(self, *args, **kwargs):
return get_error_page(*args, **kwargs)
def __call__(self):
"""Use this exception as a request.handler (raise self)."""
raise self
class NotFound(HTTPError):
"""Exception raised when a URL could not be mapped to any handler (404).
This is equivalent to raising
:class:`HTTPError("404 Not Found") <cherrypy._cperror.HTTPError>`.
def __init__(self, path=None):
if path is None:
import cherrypy
request = cherrypy.serving.request
path = request.script_name + request.path_info
self.args = (path,)
HTTPError.__init__(self, 404, "The path '%s' was not found." % path)
_HTTPErrorTemplate = '''<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"></meta>
<style type="text/css">
#powered_by {
margin-top: 20px;
border-top: 2px solid black;
font-style: italic;
#traceback {
color: red;
<pre id="traceback">%(traceback)s</pre>
<div id="powered_by">
<span>Powered by <a href="">CherryPy %(version)s</a></span>
def get_error_page(status, **kwargs):
"""Return an HTML page, containing a pretty error response.
status should be an int or a str.
kwargs will be interpolated into the page template.
import cherrypy
code, reason, message = _httputil.valid_status(status)
except ValueError, x:
raise cherrypy.HTTPError(500, x.args[0])
# We can't use setdefault here, because some
# callers send None for kwarg values.
if kwargs.get('status') is None:
kwargs['status'] = "%s %s" % (code, reason)
if kwargs.get('message') is None:
kwargs['message'] = message
if kwargs.get('traceback') is None:
kwargs['traceback'] = ''
if kwargs.get('version') is None:
kwargs['version'] = cherrypy.__version__
for k, v in iteritems(kwargs):
if v is None:
kwargs[k] = ""
kwargs[k] = _escape(kwargs[k])
# Use a custom template or callable for the error page?
pages = cherrypy.serving.request.error_page
error_page = pages.get(code) or pages.get('default')
if error_page:
if hasattr(error_page, '__call__'):
return error_page(**kwargs)
return open(error_page, 'rb').read() % kwargs
e = _format_exception(*_exc_info())[-1]
m = kwargs['message']
if m:
m += "<br />"
m += "In addition, the custom error page failed:\n<br />%s" % e
kwargs['message'] = m
return _HTTPErrorTemplate % kwargs
_ie_friendly_error_sizes = {
400: 512, 403: 256, 404: 512, 405: 256,
406: 512, 408: 512, 409: 512, 410: 256,
500: 512, 501: 512, 505: 512,
def _be_ie_unfriendly(status):
import cherrypy
response = cherrypy.serving.response
# For some statuses, Internet Explorer 5+ shows "friendly error
# messages" instead of our response.body if the body is smaller
# than a given size. Fix this by returning a body over that size
# (by adding whitespace).
# See
s = _ie_friendly_error_sizes.get(status, 0)
if s:
s += 1
# Since we are issuing an HTTP error status, we assume that
# the entity is short, and we should just collapse it.
content = response.collapse_body()
l = len(content)
if l and l < s:
# IN ADDITION: the response must be written to IE
# in one chunk or it will still get replaced! Bah.
content = content + (" " * (s - l))
response.body = content
response.headers['Content-Length'] = str(len(content))
def format_exc(exc=None):
"""Return exc (or sys.exc_info if None), formatted."""
if exc is None:
exc = _exc_info()
if exc == (None, None, None):
return ""
import traceback
return "".join(traceback.format_exception(*exc))
def bare_error(extrabody=None):
"""Produce status, headers, body for a critical error.
Returns a triple without calling any other questionable functions,
so it should be as error-free as possible. Call it from an HTTP server
if you get errors outside of the request.
If extrabody is None, a friendly but rather unhelpful error message
is set in the body. If extrabody is a string, it will be appended
as-is to the body.
# The whole point of this function is to be a last line-of-defense
# in handling errors. That is, it must not raise any errors itself;
# it cannot be allowed to fail. Therefore, don't add to it!
# In particular, don't call any other CP functions.
body = "Unrecoverable error in the server."
if extrabody is not None:
if not isinstance(extrabody, str):
extrabody = extrabody.encode('utf-8')
body += "\n" + extrabody
return ("500 Internal Server Error",
[('Content-Type', 'text/plain'),
('Content-Length', str(len(body)))],
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