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Previously I covered setting up a Linux Development Server and how to increase Trac Functionality. This Post I would like to focus on customizing the look of Trac in order to blend it into your site. Pidgin is a good example.

Project List

If you have been following my previous posts, you should see a list of all of the Trac projects you have created when you go to [IP address or domain]/projects

This page is really boring by default, but we can create a custom project listing page to match the other pages of a site. First we will need to create a file to list the projects. Create this file with the following commands.

cd /var/www/
sudo touch project_list.html

Open this project_list.html with your favorite text editor. Wrap these following lines of code within your default page code

<!-- primary content -->
<div class="primary-content">
	<div class="blocks">
			<h1>Available Projects</h1>
			<p py:for="project in projects" py:choose="">               
			<a py:when="project.href" title="$project.description" href="$project.href"><img src="$project.href/chrome/$project.env.project_icon" alt="" height="25" /> $project.name </a>
			<p>   $project.description</p>
			<small>$project.name: <em>Error</em> <br /> ($project.description)</small>

<!-- /primary content -->

That code loops through all of the projects, grabs the icon associated with the project and then grabs the project name and turns it into a link. It then grabs and displays the project description. You can modify this as desired by playing around with the $project values. This page can give you some ideas of project data you might be able to grab

Now we need to add this next line to our /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default in the <Location /projects> section that we added before.

PythonOption TracEnvIndexTemplate /var/www/project_list.html

Now restart the apache server with the following command.

sudo service apache2 restart 

Now when you visit [IP address or domain]/projects you should be presented with your new custom project list.

Project Pages

The files you will need to change to modify the look of the Trac project are site.html in the templates directory within the Trac project directory and style.css in the htdocs directory. In our example we would modify site.html in /var/lib/trac/project1/termplates and style.css in /var/lib/trac/project1/htdocs. Full information about these customizations can be found here, but I will outline the highlights below.

First, if you are using the custom style.css, you will need at least the following and then fill in the rest as needed.

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"
xmlns:py="http://genshi.edgewall.org/"<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"
  py:strip="">  <!--! Add extra style sheets or javascript here -->
	<head py:match="head" py:attrs="select('@*')">

		<!--! This will reference your htdocs/style.css file -->
		<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"
		      href="${href.chrome('site/style.css')}" />
	<body py:match="body" py:attrs="select('@*')">
		<!--! Add site-specific header -->
		<div id="siteheader">
	  	<!--! Place your header content here... -->
		</div>    ${select('*|text()')}    <!--! Add site-specific footer -->
		<div id="sitefooter">
	  	<!--! Place your footer content here... -->

The style.css file is just a regular style sheet and doesn’t have any special rules or templating issues for trac. You can see how my project pages have the same look and style as the rest of my site at [this example][]. I have also found the following references that might help out.


Please feel free to add any insight or comments.