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Zope, kde and webdav

by kedai last modified Apr. 21, 04 06:11 PM

I've used webdav with zope and kde some times ago, and thought it'd be great if I document the steps so that I don't forget, and hopefully others will benefit from the experience.

Zope came with webdav enabled. KDE supports webdav in all its applications, for example konqueror, quanta, kwrite, etc.

It is only natural to use these applications and use it when developing in zope or plone.

Steps needed to get kde and zope to dance:

  • get PUT_factory. add one at our zope root. name this, and put it in Extensions directory (taken from webdav howto).

    from Products.PythonScripts.PythonScript import PythonScript

    from Products.PageTemplates.ZopePageTemplate import ZopePageTemplate

    from OFS.DTMLDocument import DTMLDocument

    from OFS.Image import Image

    from OFS.Image import File

    def PUT_factory( self, name, typ, body ):

    # Gimme a PageTemplate or a PythonScript, but never DTML!

    if typ==text/x-python or (body and body[0]==#):

    ob = PythonScript( name )

    elif typ.startswith(text):

    ob = ZopePageTemplate(name, body, content_type=text/html)

    elif typ.startswith(image/):

    ob = Image(name, '', body, content_type=typ)


    ob = File(name, '', body, content_type=typ)

    return ob

    here's the file.

  • go to ZMI and add External Method.

    id: PUT_factory

    module name: put_factory

    function: PUT_Factory

  • now we need to enable webdav server at zope. this is zope 2.7, so we need to change items in zopehome/etc/zope.conf


    # # valid keys are "address" and "force-connection-close"

    address 8031 # force-connection-close off </webdav-source-server>

    restart zope.

  • now, open konqueror, and put this in the location:


    by default, zope 2.7 will disable webdav access to anonymous. for zope use, or plone, enable Member role the ability "webdav access"

  • we will then be prompted for id and password. fill in the necessary and we will be greeted with listing of objects in zope.
  • editing page template and script python is just a click away. a box will pop up asking for our choice of application. I chose kate, and away we go. Edit, and save. that's it.
  • Deleting is also a matter of selecting the objects and clicking delete.
  • creating a new document is also easy. If this is done in zope, just go to "Edit, create", and create our document. we can then edit the object. In plone, we need to configure content_type_registry. by default, News Item needs extension .news for plone to recognize that "yes, this is a News Item".

    So, to create a News Item in plone, click "edit, create, file, text" and name it we can now call, and edit it as necessary. as a matter of fact, this document is done using kate, thru webdav.

Here's a screenshot of konqueror, kate and zope+webdav.

Mind you, this is not the only way to work with zope+webdav. We can start kate, and click open, and put webdav://server:8031/path/to/file, and start editing.

Even better, let's put a link in our directory listing to point to our webdav://server:8031

have fun! I know i did.

function: PUT_Factory

Posted by Anonymous User at Jun. 19, 04 09:30 AM
function: PUT_Factory

should say

function: PUT_factory

lower case

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