`staticfiles.views.serve` should return 404 response instead of raising `ImproperlyConfigured`
|Reported by:||Tai Lee||Owned by:||nobody|
|Severity:||Normal||Keywords:||staticfiles serve ImproperlyConfigured|
|Has patch:||yes||Needs documentation:||no|
|Needs tests:||no||Patch needs improvement:||no|
I use this view to serve static files without having to
collectstatic all the time during development, but I don't want to have code like this to create my root urlconf:
urlpatterns = patterns('', # urls ) if 'runserver' in sys.argv: urlpatterns += patterns('', url(r'^static/(.*)', 'django.contrib.staticfiles.views.serve', name='static'), ) urlpatterns += patterns('', # more urls. e.g. a catch-all that includes the URLs of another app at the root level. url(r'^', include('myapp.urls')), )
The above example also means that the
static URL cannot be reversed by name, because it's only present during development. In some cases it can be convenient to simply reverse a URL name like this directly from a template or Python code.
If I leave the URL in my root urlconf and deploy to production to avoid these issues, and I forget to
collectstatic after an update or if visitors request a static file that really doesn't exist, I get an HTTP 500 error emailed to me.
This view shouldn't do anything in production, but I think it should be sufficient to simply return a 404 error instead of raising
ImproperlyConfigured. This is still an accurate error (static files that do exist will be served by the front-end server), and developers should know that a 404 for static media in production means they need to run
I discussed this briefly with jezdez on IRC who seemed OK with this idea, as long as the documentation was clear that this view would return a 404 and not return static files if used in production.