[Catalyst] Root page for site (my first attempt!)

Octavian Rasnita orasnita at gmail.com
Wed Feb 23 12:26:39 GMT 2011

From: "John M. Dlugosz" <wxju46gefd at snkmail.com>
>I just started trying Catalyst.  I went through the Packt Publishing book, 
>but now want a more technical explanation with details.  Any suggestions on 
>what documentation to read?
> With the situation as set-up by default, I would write:
>    <img src="/static/images/bad_logo.png" />
> to access a site image.  How can I configure it so I can write
>    src="foo/bad_logo.png"
> instead?

By default, Catalyst apps keep the static content in the /static directory.
Usually you also want to configure the web server to not send the requests 
to /static to Catalyst, but to serve the files directly for performance 

If it wouldn't do so, think what might happen if you'll also make a 
controller named "Foo" that will use the /foo path...

But you can create one or more directory with static files, for example 
/images, /js, /css. These directories must be created under the root 
And of course, it is recommended to configure the web server to not send the 
requests to those directories to the Catalyst app.

And as Carl recommended, it is good to not hard-code the URLS in the 
templates because they won't work if you'll want to make some changes and 
want to put the whole application to listen to a different base than /, for 
example /old-site.

So use $c->uri_for('/path/to/static/file');
$c->uri_for_action('/path/to/action'); #for the dynamic pages


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