There are a few extra things you can configure if you'd like to tweak the notification process a bit.
Notify Hoptoad While in DEBUG Mode
By default the Middleware will not report errors to Hoptoad when your project is in
DEBUG mode. The idea behind this is that if you can already see the error information right in the browser you probably don't need to see it in Hoptoad too. If you want to always notify Hoptoad of errors, even while in
DEBUG mode, add the following setting:
HOPTOAD_NOTIFY_WHILE_DEBUG = True
Specify a Default Timeout
By default, the amount of time the notifier will wait before giving up on contacting Hoptoad is Python's "global default timeout setting". I have no idea what that is because the documentation does not see fit to explain that to me.
If you'd like to change that amount you can use the
HOPTOAD_TIMEOUT setting. You must be running Python 2.6+ to use this.
HOPTOAD_TIMEOUT = 5
The number is the number of seconds the notifier will wait before timing out. Yes, you can use a float like
0.5 to specify fractions of a second.
Track 404 Errors
By default Hoptoad will not be notified of 404 (page not found) errors. If you'd like to change this you'll need to add the following setting:
HOPTOAD_NOTIFY_404 = True
IMPORTANT: If you are using Django's
flatpages app and want to track 404 errors, you need to make sure the
FlatpageFallbackMiddleware comes after the
HoptoadNotifierMiddleware. If you don't do this Hoptoad will be notified of 404 errors even if the user actually sees a Flatpage.
To track 404s while using the
flatpages app your
MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES setting should look like this:
MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES = ( # ... other middleware classes ... 'hoptoad.middleware.HoptoadNotifierMiddleware', 'django.contrib.flatpages.middleware.FlatpageFallbackMiddleware', )
A couple of things to note:
- If your website doesn't have a favicon specified most browsers will request it each time. This will result in one (or possibly two, if it tries to append a slash) 404 errors for every page view.
- At the moment all 404 errors are grouped together as "similar" errors in Hoptoad. I am trying to figure out what causes this.
Track 403 Errors
By default Hoptoad will not be notified of 403 (forbidden) errors. If you'd like to change this you'll need to add the following setting:
HOPTOAD_NOTIFY_403 = True
- At the moment all 403 errors are grouped together as "similar" errors in Hoptoad. I am trying to figure out what causes this.
Ignore Specific User Agents
If you'd like to ignore all errors from certain User Agents you can use the following setting:
HOPTOAD_IGNORE_AGENTS = ['MSIE 6.0', 'Trident']
If any of the strings in the list appear anywhere in the User Agent string, Hoptoad will not be notified of the error.
The strings are actually regular expressions, so you can be more specific if you like:
HOPTOAD_IGNORE_AGENTS = [r'^Mozilla.*compatible; MSIE \d+\.\d+.*$']
One thing this is useful for (aside from hating on IE) is ignoring errors from web crawlers. Often bots will mangle URLs and if you're tracking 404 errors you'll see a lot of errors that you probably don't care about.
This would probably be a good starting point for ignoring crawlers:
HOPTOAD_IGNORE_AGENTS = ['Googlebot', 'Yahoo! Slurp', 'YahooSeeker']
If you're having trouble you might want to take a look at the Troubleshooting Guide.