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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: [C2] Installation problems
Date Sat, 27 Oct 2001 14:14:18 GMT
"Piroumian, Konstantin" wrote:
> Hi, C2ers!
> As I've written already, I faced a problem installing Cocoon 2.0rc1 on IONA
> App server. The WAR archive is not unpacked when application is running and
> this results in problems during servlet initialization, particularly:
> this.servletContext.getRealPath("/") returns 'null'.

Oh, gosh, didn't notice this in code but using getRealPath is wrong and
should almost never be used!! (I once proposed to the Servlet JSR to
deprecate all instances of that method, but it was rejected).

getResource() is always the way to go since it allows the container to
abstact the location of the resource even in environments were the
webapps may be distributed in a load-balanced environment.

Please, people, don't assume we will be running in a nice and simple
tomcat container or the entire reason to make Cocoon a servlet API will

> Is there a reason that cocoon.xconf and sitemap.xmap (root) are placed in
> the context root directory and not inside of the WEB-INF/?

I agree that cocoon.xconf should be placed under WEB-INF. I propose to
make that the default location, but as for sitemaps, I think the sitemap
should be placed there since it's not a configuration but part of the
resources Cocoon uses to operate.

> And why not use getResource() instead of using real path to files?

Yes, exactly.

> If C2 is running from an
> archive then the real path cannot be used to load files.

And there are a ton of other cases.
Also, it is wrong for a webapp to update something inside its resource
space (as we do with cocoon.log files). The "work" directories for
webapps were created exactly for this.

Also, it should be possible for cocoon to log on the servlet log and not
on external files in order to automate log processing (some people might
have a syslog-connected servlet container and might want to centralize
log analysis there).

Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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