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Unable to integrate a 3rd party app template loader with askbot

I'm trying to integrate django_mobile with my askbot app. But I'm unable to integrate it because django_mobile's custom template_loader is not identified by coffin and is ignored.

It throws this warning UserWarning:

Cannot translate loader: django_mobile.loader.Loader

My TEMPLATE_LOADERS setting is something like this:


I have tried tracing it down and fixing it but haven't yet hit a solution. What I could workout so far is this.

Coffin translates each of the template loader into a corresponding Jinja loader and warns if it can't be translated. This is where the translation is done. Now coffin can't find a suitable translation for 'django_mobile.loader.Loader' as it only translates some specific loaders with jinja_loader_from_django_loader.

What could be done to solve this?

vikas.gulati's avatar
asked 2013-07-03 10:21:29 -0600, updated 2013-07-08 04:59:45 -0600
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I think it will help you to understand the problem better by looking into the askbot/skins/ Also look at the askbot documentation about the "custom skins". Perhaps it's a good idea to build "mobile" loader into the askbot skin loader, not replace it. Unfortunately I don't have a good answer for you.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2013-07-03 13:10:26 -0600) edit
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It should be possible to implement such functionality by subclassing askbot.skins.loaders.Loader.

In the load_template method somehow apply mobile browser detection (there is no direct access to request object and you'll need some workaround), then load corresponding template.

Evgeny's avatar
answered 2013-07-04 11:02:25 -0600
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But I would need to keep my newly created loader (by subclassing askbot.skins.loaders.Loader) at the beginning of the TEMPLATE_LOADERS property and askbot won't allow any loader before the askbot.skins.loaders.Loader. Also there seems to be no way to turn off the startup tests and hence I won't be able to use my custom loader.

vikas.gulati's avatar vikas.gulati (2013-07-08 04:56:19 -0600) edit

Regarding mobile detection without the request object. That would be easily handled with the get_flavous() function provided by django_mobile (as it sets the flavour in middleware itself.)

vikas.gulati's avatar vikas.gulati (2013-07-08 04:57:51 -0600) edit

Any updates on this? Facing a similar problem

snigdha's avatar snigdha (2014-04-23 15:09:50 -0600) edit
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