Django wants to be served from behind Apache, using mod_python. I want to use Python 2.5, but the MacPorts/DarwinPorts mod_python port wants to use Python 2.4.
I downloaded mod_python 3.3.1 from the mod_python downloads page and was able to install in a few easy steps:
$ ./configure --with-apxs=/opt/local/apache2/bin/apxs $ make $ sudo make install $ sudo vi /opt/local/apache2/conf/httpd.conf # Add this line LoadModule python_module /opt/local/apache2/modules/mod_python.so
Then restart the web server.
All of the warnings in the mod_python README about Mac OS X 10.2.x and Python and libtool and static libraries appear not to matter for OS X 10.4.
Testing w. Django
To test the installation I set up a virtual host pointing to my Django app, following the instructions in the Django docs.
The hardest part was realizing I needed a virtual host (the IP address for which I hardwired into my
/etc/hosts file). That was the easiest way to let my app continue to use its absolute URL paths; learning how to adapt to different installation "mount points" looked a bit harder.
The next hardest part was putting the subversion workspace for my project where the web server user (www) had permission to traverse to it.