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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: [Flow] Calling internal-only pipelines
Date Wed, 02 Jul 2003 14:00:42 GMT
Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:

>on 6/27/03 11:48 AM Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
>>As for implementing this, I planned to look into this today.
>Ok, I dived into the code and I found where the problem is. The call to
>the sitemap invocation is located in the class
> org.apache.cocoon.components.flow.AbstractInterpreter
>and explicitly in the methods process(...) and forwardTo(...)
>IIRC, the forwardTo() method was written by Ovidiu and uses a sitemap
>redirector. The process() method was written by Pier and directly
>obtains the pipeline and invoques it from the sitemap.
>I would love to see the different approaches unified, whichever is
>easier to adapt.
>Both end up calling the method process(...) of the o.a.c.Processor
>interface while (if I'm not mistaked) they should be calling the
>processInternal() method.
>In short, the flow ends up emulating a request as it came from the
>outside, while it should emulate it as it came from the inside (as the
>cocoon: protocol does)
>Now, the change between process() and processInternal() is not that
>trivial because the second returns a ProcessingPipeline while the first
>returns a boolean and I have no clue on what I should do with that
>pipeline, expecially regarding how to setup the environment and all
>those things. I've patched it locally but I end up screwing up the
>environment (I suppose) and I end up having NPE on component .release()
>which is not nice at all.

In Cocoon 2.0, there was not so much difference between internal and 
external processing on the Processor interface. Things have changed in 
2.1 due to changes in the cache system, which now require to build the 
pipeline to get its validity (Carsten, tell me if I'm wrong).

So the current situation in the sitemap engine (inherited from the 2.0 
architecture), is that a call to process() is considered as external 
while a call to processInternal() is considered as... internal.

Now we see that tying internal/external to the called method is not the 
way to go, since we the flow calls process(), and such calls should be 
considered as internal.

So my suggestion is to strongly separate these two different notions. 
The results are that :
- internal/external should be a property of the environment object : add 
a new Environment.isInternal() method.
- Processor.processInternal() should be renamed to buildPipeline().

This separation can then allow any kind of combination.

What do you think ?


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