Django-like routing in PHP

05 Jul 2008 16:06

As I've recently work with Django, the way it does the URL-based routing seemed really cool for me. I missed that in PHP, so I decided to code something like this.

Here is a class that uses (extends) my Controller class that does the routing:

class Controller_Ajax_Auth extends Controller_Ajax {
    protected $routes = Array(
        ':^info$:'                => 'info',
        ':^challenge$:'            => 'challenge',
        ':^login$:'                => 'login',
        ':^logout$:'            => 'logout',
    protected function info($url) {
        $r = Array();
        /* something */
    protected function challenge($url) {
        /* $q = something */
    protected function login($url) {
        /* set $auth to true if logged */
    protected function logout($url) {
        /* logout */

This mainly routes URLs info, challenge, login and logout to corresponding methods in the same object.

But you can route out of the object to other Controller subclass instance:

    protected $routes = Array(
        ':^auth/(.*)$:'            => 'Controller_Ajax_Auth',

This gets URL and passes what's after auth/ to the new object of class Controller_Ajax_Auth (see the code above). Generally the first ()s in the left side of each line define what's passed to the method/object on the right side.

The controller has abstract errorHandler and defaultAction methods that need to be overridden. The first is called when a exception is thrown in a performed action. The latter is called, when routing comes to some object and then no routing line matches.

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Static Files From Mirror Server

27 Jun 2008 14:23

Today I've configured the mirror server, to serve static files ( from the main server using Lighttpd.

The only thing to do is assign an IP address (preferably a portable one) and make a change in DNS settings.

Now static files are server with a proxy from lighttpd working on the main server, but we could change it later.

This thing closes work that needed to be done with the mirror server (as4). All we have to deal with is now magic file detection and ozone_session errors.

PS: we have two lighttpd configuration files now:

  • /etc/lighttpd.conf — for serving static files
  • /etc/lighttpd-mirror.conf — for acting as a live mirror.

After assigning an IP address to the static server, we may want to produce one lighttpd configuration based on IP (or host name), but it's not important now.

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Blog Theme

26 Jun 2008 12:59

I've managed to create a draft of blog theme for wikidot.
I've applied it to my dev blog to test it and show off.

It's based on this template by Open Source Web Design.

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Mirror Server

24 Jun 2008 12:55

Today I've (almost) managed to create a mirror server for service.


  • CentOS distribution
  • almost live Wikidot read only mirror
  • database is replicated from the original service in real time to this server
  • user uploaded files are replicated in real time to this server using FS mirror
  • avatars are to be mirrored with rsync every now and then
  • uses Portable IP address:
  • lighttpd serves ALL content with FastCGI PHP
  • database is read-only (as being replication slave)
  • CVS configured to use SSH keys (no password asking)
  • Wikidot PHP source mainly from the current production server
  • Improvements (from CVS): uploaded files served like in OpenSource version


  • FS mirror is not 100% exact, it may not synchronize some (little fraction of) files every now and then, so we must rsync them additionally, to make sure nothing's lost
  • if you were logged in to Wikidot before, it'll complain about not being able to write to ozone_session (because it's read only)
  • Flickr Gallery not working and causing the whole page to display just nothing
  • magic file recognition not working (it may be a problem in PHP configuration or an extension):
PHP Warning:  finfo_open(): Failed to load magic database at '/usr/share/misc/magic'. in /var/www/ on line 3
PHP Warning:  finfo_file(): supplied argument is not a valid file_info resource in /var/www/ on line 4
PHP Warning:  finfo_close(): supplied argument is not a valid file_info resource in /var/www/ on line 5

UPDATE: Flickr problem solution:

  1. yum install php-pear-HTTP-Request
  2. chgrp lighttpd /var/lib/php/session


  • when switching to mirror, we must restart memcached (or force to invalidate every item in it)

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