Sidebar menu + directory listing

Hi all,

I’d like to achieve the following, and found nothing so far trough
research. Maybe someone could give me a pointer whether this is possible
or not.

I’d like to use directory listing for some folders, which are made
accessible trough a location directive. At the same time, it should be
sub.domain.com, I would like to create a sidebar menu (trough css or
static html or whatever) to let users navigate trough a) some static
html files and b) these specific folders, using directory listing. I
hope this is understandable somehow…

Thanks,
Georg

On 13 November 2013 21:35, [email protected] [email protected] wrote:

html files and b) these specific folders, using directory listing. I
hope this is understandable somehow…

Looks to me like you want to use frames and write yourself some pretty
basic HTML. I don’t know of anything that’s that application-a-like
that comes /inside/ nginx itself, however.

Jonathan

Hi,

On 13-11-13 21:45:46, Jonathan M. wrote:

On 13 November 2013 21:35, [email protected] [email protected] wrote:
Looks to me like you want to use frames and write yourself some pretty
basic HTML. I don’t know of anything that’s that application-a-like
that comes /inside/ nginx itself, however.

Yeah, I tought so aswell. My question was more like “how do I combine
html and directory listing at the same time…”?

Thanks,
Georg

Quite simply make all locations that are to listed use the autoindex on;
directive.

If I understood correctly you want all vhosts of the form sub.domain.tld
be
listed. So just make the “catch all” location / use the autoindex
directive.
Le 13 nov. 2013 22:57, “[email protected][email protected] a crit :

Hi,

Sorry, maybe I’m dumb, I’m not sure if I get it…

On 13-11-13 22:09:40, Francis D. wrote:

the content that you would like to have returned?
For the directory tree, you mean something like:

root
|- index.html (should be displayed as html)
|- n.html (should be displayed as html)
|- dir1 (should be displayed via directory listing)
|- dir2 (should be displayed via directory listing)

sidebar should look like:

Index (should point to index.html)
n (should point to n.html)
dir1 (should point to dir1)
dir2 (should point to dir2)

For directory listings, do a manual “ls” (or whatever) once to hard-code
the html.

Doing “ls” where? Inside the html?

That exercise might make clear to you what content you want nginx to
return in response to different requests – particularly, which parts
are static and which parts are dynamic. And that in turn might help you
decide whether you want an nginx module, or the plain directory handler,
or something like an index.php that you can drop in each directory.

Still unclear to me how I display html and directory listing at the same
tome on the “same page”.

(I you use frames, you will be making more than one http request, so
nginx will be able to return more than one piece of content.)

If possible, I would like to avoid frames.

Good luck with it,

Thanks,
Georg

On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 11:52:05PM +0100, [email protected] wrote:

On 13-11-13 22:09:40, Francis D. wrote:

On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 10:56:28PM +0100, [email protected] wrote:

Hi there,

Sorry, maybe I’m dumb, I’m not sure if I get it…

I’m trying to suggest that you do the background not-nginx-related
preparation work for your question outside of nginx, so that you have
a very clear idea of what you want nginx to do, and can then describe
clearly what that is.

Can you build a small directory tree, and manually create the files with
the content that you would like to have returned?

For the directory tree, you mean something like:

root
|- index.html (should be displayed as html)
|- n.html (should be displayed as html)
|- dir1 (should be displayed via directory listing)
|- dir2 (should be displayed via directory listing)

So, on the file system you have two files and two directories.

Presumably your web browser is going to make http requests for things
like “/” and “/index.html” and “/dir1/”; and you want nginx to return
specific content for each request.

sidebar should look like:

Index (should point to index.html)
n (should point to n.html)
dir1 (should point to dir1)
dir2 (should point to dir2)

This part, I don’t understand.

I suggest you do whatever it takes to manually create the html or
javascript or whatever you want, and put it in a file, so that when
your browser asks for that file, you see exactly what you want to see
on-screen.

Do this manually, for just this one example directory. Don’t worry about
any part of it being dynamically generated. That comes later.

For directory listings, do a manual “ls” (or whatever) once to hard-code
the html.

Doing “ls” where? Inside the html?

When you are manually creating the one-off static page that shows
exactly what you want, it will include mention of all nearby files
and directories.

Do whatever it takes – possibly including “ls” – to hard-code the
html-or-javascript that you want to see.

Still unclear to me how I display html and directory listing at the same
tome on the “same page”.

Do a static one-off test first.

After that, you will have a much better idea of which parts you want to
be static and which parts you want to be dynamic.

And then your question might become “how do I change the ‘autoindex’
output to be this instead of that?”; or it might become “how do I
get an ‘index’ file to generate output like this?”; or it might become
something else specific.

Right now, all I can understand of your question is “can nginx do what
I want?”.

Maybe your question is already clear enough to other people, in which
case maybe they can offer suggestions.

f

Francis D. [email protected]

On 13-11-13 23:52:05, [email protected] wrote:

On 13-11-13 22:09:40, Francis D. wrote:

On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 10:56:28PM +0100, [email protected] wrote:

On 13-11-13 21:45:46, Jonathan M. wrote:
For directory listings, do a manual “ls” (or whatever) once to hard-code
the html.

Doing “ls” where? Inside the html?

…maybe I’ll just write a small script using tree -H to output a
directory listing into static html, and serve this just as html.
Clever doing it like this?

Cheers,
Georg

[email protected] Wrote:

…maybe I’ll just write a small script using tree -H to output a
directory listing into static html, and serve this just as html.
Clever doing it like this?

http://wiki.nginx.org/NgxFancyIndex

Posted at Nginx Forum:
http://forum.nginx.org/read.php?2,244638,244653#msg-244653

On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 10:56:28PM +0100, [email protected] wrote:

On 13-11-13 21:45:46, Jonathan M. wrote:

On 13 November 2013 21:35, [email protected] [email protected] wrote:

Hi there,

Looks to me like you want to use frames and write yourself some pretty
basic HTML. I don’t know of anything that’s that application-a-like
that comes /inside/ nginx itself, however.

Yeah, I tought so aswell. My question was more like “how do I combine
html and directory listing at the same time…”?

Can you build a small directory tree, and manually create the files with
the content that you would like to have returned?

For directory listings, do a manual “ls” (or whatever) once to hard-code
the html.

That exercise might make clear to you what content you want nginx to
return in response to different requests – particularly, which parts
are static and which parts are dynamic. And that in turn might help you
decide whether you want an nginx module, or the plain directory handler,
or something like an index.php that you can drop in each directory.

(I you use frames, you will be making more than one http request, so
nginx will be able to return more than one piece of content.)

Good luck with it,

f

Francis D. [email protected]

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