Opened 10 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

#9941 closed (duplicate)

{% url ... %} template tag may fail when not using a settings module

Reported by: Simon Sapin Owned by: nobody
Component: Template system Version: 1.0
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Cc: Triage Stage: Unreviewed
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


When using django.conf.settings.configure(...) instead of a settings module as documented, settings.SETTINGS_MODULE is set to None.

The {% url ... %} template tag is implemented as following, in django.template.defaulttags.URLNode.render :

        # Try to look up the URL twice: once given the view name, and again
        # relative to what we guess is the "main" app. If they both fail, 
        # re-raise the NoReverseMatch unless we're using the 
        # {% url ... as var %} construct in which cause return nothing.
        url = ''
            url = reverse(self.view_name, args=args, kwargs=kwargs)
        except NoReverseMatch:
            project_name = settings.SETTINGS_MODULE.split('.')[0]
                url = reverse(project_name + '.' + self.view_name,
                              args=args, kwargs=kwargs)
            except NoReverseMatch:
                if self.asvar is None:

In some cases (for example in the admin templates), it will execute this : settings.SETTINGS_MODULE.split('.') which raises AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'split'.
Instead, it should check for settings.SETTINGS_MODULE being None before using it.

As a workaround, set SETTINGS_MODULE to some module name. This module needs to exist, as it is imported by other parts of Django, but does not need to actually contain the settings (which are set with django.conf.settings.configure)

Change History (2)

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by Simon Sapin

The described workaround is bad as it breaks (ie by causing it to raise RuntimeError: Settings already configured.

Instead, i added the following to my url config, so that {% url django-admindocs-docroot as docroot %} wouldn't fail in the admin :

(r'^admin/doc/', include('django.contrib.admindocs.urls')),

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by Jacob

Resolution: duplicate
Status: newclosed

Duplicate of #9005

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