Chapter 7. Static Rendering

Table of Contents
7.1. Configuring Static Rendering
7.2. Running Static Rendering
7.3. Rendering Other URIs
7.4. Additional Thoughts

Static rendering made its first appearance in PyBlosxom 1.0. It fills the functionality gap for people who want to use PyBlosxom, but don't have a web-server with CGI installed, don't have CGI access, or can't run PyBlosxom for one of a myriad of other reasons. Static rendering allows these people to run PyBlosxom on their local machine, write blog entries, render their entire site into HTML, and then use ftp or some other file copy method to move the pages up to their static web-site.

PyBlosxom's static rendering allows for incremental building. It can scan your entries, figure out what's changed, and render only the pages that need re-rendering.

Beyond that, it's not particularly sophisticated.

7.1. Configuring Static Rendering

These are the instructions for configuring static rendering in PyBlosxom.

  1. Install PyBlosxom. When you're copying the pyblosxom.cgi and files, you don't have to put them in a CGI directory--you can put them in any directory you have permissions in. For example, I created a directory /home/joe/pyblosxom/ and put both files in there.

  2. Add static_dir to your file. This is the directory we will save all the static output. The value of static_dir should be a string representing the absolute path of the output directory for static rendering.

  3. Add static_flavours to your file. The value of static_flavours should be a list of strings representing all the flavours that should be rendered. This defaults to [ "html" ].

  4. Add static_monthnames to your file. The value (either 1 or 0) will determine if you want month names (such as April) in the static pages.

  5. Add static_monthnumbers to your file. The value (either 1 or 0) will determine if you want month numbers (such as 04 for April) in the static pages.

  6. Set base_url in your file to the base url your blog will have. For example, if your static_dir were set to /home/joe/public_html and the url for that directory were , then you probably want your base_url to be .

Example 7-1. static rendering configuration

py["static_dir"] = "/home/joe/public_html/static/"
py["static_flavours"] = ["html"]
py["static_monthnames"] = 0     # i do not want month names
py["static_monthnumbers"] = 1   # i do want month numbers