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python script to parse sphinx objects.inv file
#!/usr/bin/env python
""" Process URL for intersphinx targets and emit html or text """
def validuri(string):
return string
from sphinx.ext.intersphinx import read_inventory_v2
from posixpath import join
import pprint
import argparse
import locale
import os,sys,tempfile
import urllib2
parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description='Process intersphinx link library')
parser.add_argument('--url' , type=validuri, help="URL to retrieve objects.inv from")
parser.add_argument('--file' , help="objects.inv format file")
group = parser.add_mutually_exclusive_group(required=False)
group.add_argument('--html', action='store_true', help="Output HTML")
group.add_argument('--terse', action='store_true', help="Output terse text list")
group.add_argument('--rst', action='store_true', help="Output ReStructuredText")
group.add_argument('--rewrite', action='store_true', help="Output short form and correct form of each link.")
args = parser.parse_args()
def start_role(role):
if (args.terse):
elif (args.rewrite):
elif (args.rst):
print role
print "<dt>Role: {}</dt>\n<dd>\n<dl>\n".format(role)
def start_item(role,item):
if (args.terse):
elif (args.rewrite):
elif (args.rst):
print "\t:{}:{}:".format(role,item)
elif (args.html):
print "<dt>{}:{}</dt>\n".format(role,item)
print "<dd>"
print "<table>\n<tbody>"
def end_item(role,item):
if (args.html):
print "</tbody></table>"
print "</dd>\n"
def print_link(role,item,domain,title):
"""Return the correct link form, if no title then extended form."""
domain = domain.lower()
if (title == '')|(title=='-'):
linkStr = ":{}:`{} <{}:{}>`".format(role,item,domain,item)
linkStr = ":{}:`{}:{}`".format(role,domain,item)
if (args.terse):
print linkStr
if (args.rewrite):
print ":{}:`{}:{}`".format(role,domain,item), "\t{}".format(linkStr)
elif (args.rst):
print "\t\t:Link:\t{}".format(linkStr)
elif (args.html):
print "<tr><th>Link:</th><td>{}</td></tr>".format(linkStr)
def end_role():
if (args.html):
print "</dl>\n"
print "</dd>\n"
def print_meta(role,item,domain,version,url,title):
if (args.terse):
elif (args.rewrite):
elif (args.rst):
print "\t\t:Domain:\t{}".format(domain)
print "\t\t:Version:\t{}".format(version)
print "\t\t:URL:\t{}".format(url)
print "\t\t:Title:\t{}".format(title)
elif (args.html):
print "<tr><th>Domain:</th><td>{}</td></tr>".format(domain)
print "<tr><th>Version:</th><td>{}</td></tr>".format(version)
print "<tr><th>URL:</th><td>{}</td></tr>".format(url)
print "<tr><th>Title:</th><td>{}</td></tr>".format(title)
def fetch_data(url,inv):
f = open(inv, 'rb')
line = f.readline() # burn a line
invdata = read_inventory_v2(f, url, join)
if (args.html):
print "<dl>"
for role in invdata:
for item in invdata[role]:
(domain, version, url, title) = invdata[role][item]
#sys.stderr.write("{}:{} :: {}\n".format(role,item,invdata[role][item]))
if (args.html):
print "</dl>\n"
if __name__ == "__main__":
if (args.file):
inv = args.file
# if os.path.exists(inv) == False:
# raise Exception('File "{}" does not exist'.format(inv))
inv = False
if (args.url):
url = args.url
url = False
# sys.stderr.write('URL({}) FN({})\n'.format(url,fn))
if (inv == False) & (url == False):
raise Exception("need to specify a file or URL")
if (inv != False ) & (url != ''):
#sys.stderr.write("Reading from: {}\n".format(inv))
#sys.stderr.write("Using: {} as base HREF\n".format(url))
elif (url != False):
# fetch URL into inv
#sys.stderr.write("Retrieving objects.inv from {}\n".format(url))
if (url.rfind('objects.inv')>5):
invdata = urllib2.urlopen(url)
invdata = urllib2.urlopen(url + '/objects.inv')
sys.stderr.write('URL resolved to: {}\n '.format(invdata.geturl()))
f = tempfile.NamedTemporaryFile()
sys.stderr.write("objects.inv written to: {}\n".format(
sys.stderr.write("Using: {} as base HREF\n".format(url))
raise Exception("You need to specify a --URL")

lebigot commented Apr 8, 2014

This looks useful, but for me python --file objects.inv fails with:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 139, in <module>
  File "", line 102, in fetch_data
    invdata = read_inventory_v2(f, url, join)
  File "/opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/site-packages/sphinx/ext/", line 118, in read_inventory_v2
    location = join(uri, location)
  File "/opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/", line 77, in join
    elif path == '' or path.endswith('/'):
AttributeError: 'bool' object has no attribute 'endswith'

gmr commented Apr 28, 2014

There's a small fix in my fork of this, change line 102 from:

invdata = read_inventory_v2(f, url, join)


invdata = read_inventory_v2(f, url or '', join)

mearns commented May 19, 2014

I was getting weird permission errors trying to read the tempfile. Instead of debugging it, I just forked it and replaced the tempfile with a StringIO buffer. Also added a --output file, because in some cases I get a weird error trying to redirect the output.

Actually, my fork is of "gmr"'s fork, in case you're looking for it.


epc commented Mar 26, 2015

Slowest delayed reply ever: apologies for not seeing these comments last year, I didn't receive any notifications.

yoavram commented Oct 7, 2015

Also on Windows it fails, you should change from posixos import join to from os.path import join

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