JonathanHayward JonathanHayward - 1 month ago 8
Python Question

How can I satisfy an import of direct_to_template?

I am getting an error page from an originally Pinax 0.7 project:

ImportError at /
No module named simple
Request Method: GET
Request URL: http://stornge.com:8000/
Django Version: 1.5
Exception Type: ImportError
Exception Value:
No module named simple
Exception Location: /home/jonathan/clay/../clay/urls.py in <module>, line 3
Python Executable: /home/jonathan/virtual_environment/bin/python
Python Version: 2.7.3
Python Path:
['/home/jonathan/clay/apps',
'/home/jonathan/virtual_environment/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pinax/apps',
'/home/jonathan/clay',
'/home/jonathan/virtual_environment/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/distribute-0.6.24-py2.7.egg',
'/home/jonathan/virtual_environment/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pip-1.1-py2.7.egg',
'/home/jonathan/virtual_environment/lib/python2.7',
'/home/jonathan/virtual_environment/lib/python2.7/plat-linux2',
'/home/jonathan/virtual_environment/lib/python2.7/lib-tk',
'/home/jonathan/virtual_environment/lib/python2.7/lib-old',
'/home/jonathan/virtual_environment/lib/python2.7/lib-dynload',
'/usr/lib/python2.7',
'/usr/lib/python2.7/plat-linux2',
'/usr/lib/python2.7/lib-tk',
'/home/jonathan/virtual_environment/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages',
'/home/jonathan/virtual_environment/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/PIL']
Server time: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:16:33 -0400


The line it is balking on, urls.py:3, is:

from django.views.generic.simple import direct_to_template


How can I change either the import or the area where it's used:

urlpatterns = patterns('',
url(r'^$', direct_to_template, {
"template": "homepage.html",
}, name="home"),


It looks like I can create a view that does a render_to_response() on the homepage, but I'd like to know how I should be solving it, and fall back on that if no one tells me a better way.

Answer

direct_to_template has been deprecated. In django 1.5 try using a Class based view in urls.py

from django.views.generic import TemplateView

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^$', TemplateView.as_view(template_name='homepage.html'), name="home"),
)

There's some information on migrating to version 1.4 (when it was deprecated) here.