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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Extending Sitemap Error Handling
Date Wed, 10 Jul 2002 12:43:37 GMT
Michael Melhem wrote:

>Dear Cocoon community,
>It seems to me that pipelines can only handle two error cases: Namely error 500 (General
Exception) and error 404 (ResourceNotFoundException).
>There appears to be no way currently to handle specific errors that might be thrown by
pipeline components other than to render a general Error 500 page. Am I mistaken?
>For example, it may be the case that a custom built generator could throw custom Exceptions
that a developer would like to handle in a specific fashion.
>To that end, I propose that pipeline be extendend so that it they can handle X number
of errors depending on the amount of <map:handle-errors> defined in the sitemap for
that pipeline.
>  ...
>  <map:handle-errors type="500">
>    <map:transform src="stylesheets/error2html.xsl"/>
>    <map:serialize/>
>   </map:handle-errors>
>   <map:handle-errors type="404">
>    <map:transform src="stylesheets/error2html.xsl"/>
>    <map:serialize />
>   </map:handle-errors>
>   <!-- one more or extra error-handles -->
>   <map:handle-errors type="someSpecificException">
>    <-- "type" here could me some sort of short code or the actual
>        full name of the Exception class? -->
>    <map:transform src="stylesheets/SpecificError2html.xsl"/>
>    <map:serialize status-code="500"/>
>   </map:handle-errors>
>   etc..
>Does anyone see any problems with this approach? Comments?

I like this, and proposed something similar back in december (see

It didn't had much acceptance at that time both because it involved 
class names in the pipelines and because Nicola Ken was refactoring 
error notification ;)

But I still would like to have something like this, as I think having to 
write a <handle-errors type="500"> and then using a <map:select> to 
select depending on the error type is counter-intuitive.

When an exception occurs, the sitemap engine builds a Notifying object 
that is available within the <handle-errors>. This Notifying has a 
getType() method which is exactly what we need for this "type" attribute.

But getType() always returns "error" unless your exception implements 
Notifying (which none does, and IMO having an exception implement 
Notifying to drive sitemap error-handling is mixing concerns). So we 
could configure the NotifyingBuilder so that it can associate exception 
classes to notifying types.

  <type name="404" src="org.apache.cocoon.ResourceNotFoundException"/>
  <type name="500" src="org.apache.cocoon.ProcessingException"/>
  <type name="access-denied" src="java.lang.SecurityException"/>
  <type name="my-error-case" src=""/>

Notice the two first lines that ensure compatibility with what we have 

And then in the pipelines :
<map:handle-errors type="access-denied">
  <map:transform src="accessDenied.xsl"/>

<map:handle-errors type="my-error-case">
  <map:transform src="SpecificError2html.xsl"/>
  <map:serialize status-code="500"/>

Thoughts ?


Sylvain Wallez
  Anyware Technologies                  Apache Cocoon 

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