With this middleware in place (add it to the MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES in your settings) you can pass a request to the model via a pre_save method on the model.
I'm not sure if it is an improvement over the [threadlocals method] (http://code.djangoproject.com/wiki/CookBookThreadlocalsAndUser) but it may be an alternative that can be improved upon?
class MyModel(models.Model): name = models.CharField(max_length=50) created = models.DateTimeField() created_by = models.ForeignKey(User, null=True, blank=True) def pre_save(self, request): if not self.id: self.created_by = request.user
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from django.dispatch import dispatcher from django.db.models import signals PRE_SAVE_REQUEST = None class PreSaveMiddleware(object): """ This bit of middleware just saves the request in a global variable that can be used to pass the request on to any pre_save methods in your models """ def process_request(self, request): global PRE_SAVE_REQUEST PRE_SAVE_REQUEST = request def pre_save(**kwargs): instance = kwargs['instance'] if getattr(instance, 'pre_save', None): instance.pre_save(PRE_SAVE_REQUEST) dispatcher.connect(pre_save, signal=signals.pre_save)
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