Python and Virtual Environments

Last major update: 2022-08-15

NOTE (2019-06-20): If your project relies on Python packages that CS Staff has previously installed at the system level, please migrate your project to a virtual environment immediately. We no longer install packages at the system level and, at our next major update of the Linux distribution on cycles, ionic, courselab, and armlab, we will not carry forward such packages.

Phusion Passenger

The CS project web server has Phusion Passenger (Version 6.0.19) which allows for support of Ruby, Node.js, and Python/WSGI web applications through the Apache webserver. The instructions below will walk you through creating simple applications under each of these frameworks.

Using FastCGI

FastCGI is an extension of the CGI way of doing things. FastCGI will exec your program one time instead of once-per-request. Your program must then handle the input. Using available libraries, it is simple to use FastCGI. Here are a few examples in various interpreted languages.

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