We've been talking about how to manage pygr resources remotely via the existing XML-RPC interface, and for that HTTPS is a requirement. I offered to track down the code necessary for running an XML-RPC server over HTTPS. Here's what I found:
It turns out that while the Python stdlib supports HTTPS client connections (connecting to https:// URLs), it does not directly support HTTPS serving. To do that, you need to use pyOpenSSL. However, once that's installed it's a breeze: it's as simple as this, server = SecureXMLRPCServer(server_address, KEYFILE, CERTFILE) You can download the SecureXMLRPCServer code and an example here: http://iorich.caltech.edu/~t/transfer/xmlrpc-https.tar.gz To run it just install pyOpenSSL ('python-openssl' under Debian), and then execute 'python serve-ssl.py' in one shell and 'python test-conn-ssl.py' in another.
Thanks to Laszlo Nagy for his Python Cookbook recipe which only needed a bit of fixing (for Python 2.5) and refactoring (for reusability).
The example .tar.gz above contains a private key and certification so that the code Just Works.
p.s. Ping me at firstname.lastname@example.org if the .tar.gz file isn't accessible and I'll repost it.