If you use Cheetah, please support the project and register by clicking here:


4.5 Running a .py template module as a standalone program

In addition to importing your .py template module file into a Python script or using it as a Webware servlet, you can also run it from the command line as a standalone program. The program will print the filled template on standard output. This is useful while debugging the template, and for producing formatted output in shell scripts.

When running the template as a program, you cannot provide a searchList or set self. attributes in the normal way, so you must take alternative measures to ensure that every placeholder has a value. Otherwise, you will get the usual NameMapper.NotFound exception at the first missing value. You can either set default values in the template itself (via the #attr or #def directives) or in a Python superclass, or use the --env or --pickle command-line options, which work just like their ``cheetah fill'' counterparts.

Run python FILENAME.py --help to see all the command-line options your .py template module accepts.

If you use Cheetah, please support the project and register by clicking here: