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From "Nico Verwer" <>
Subject SourceResolver does not send parameters?
Date Wed, 08 Oct 2003 15:07:27 GMT
Hello Cocoon developers,

I am trying to fetch a zip-file from a remote server and use this in a
generator and in cincludes later in my pipeline.
The zip-file is stored locally, because I do not want to repeat requests.
More importantly, the zip-file is *generated* on the remote server in
response to a HTTP POST request with a parameter named 'query'.

In order to achieve this, I wrote an action (this may a totally wrong
approach, please tell me) 'HttpFileAction' (code follows at the end of this
message). This requests the zip-file, stores it in a temporary file and sets
the sitemap variables filepath and fileurl (indicating where the file is
I use the action in my sitemap as follows:

      <map:match pattern="test">
        <map:act type="httpFile" src="http://remoteserver/zipfile-url">
          <map:parameter name="query" value="{request-param:query}"/>
          <map:generate type="file" src="jar:{fileurl}/!contents.xml"/>
        <map:serialize type="xml"/>

The zip-file contains a document called 'contents.xml', which is what I'd
like to see when I request 'test'.

The problem is that the remote server does not get the 'query' parameter. I
tested this by substituting a URL on my own server for the remoteserver URL:

      <map:match pattern="test">
        <map:act type="httpFile" src="http://myserver/showrequest">
          <map:parameter name="query" value="{request-param:query}"/>
          <map:generate type="file" src="{fileurl}"/> <!-- no /!contents.xml
! -->
        <map:serialize type="xml"/>

The showrequest is dealt with in the following pipeline:

      <map:match pattern="showrequest">
        <map:generate type="request"/>
        <map:serialize type="xml"/>

This shows me the request, as expected, but the <h:requestParameters /> is
It seems that the parameters are not sent by the SourceResolver that was
passed to my action (see code below). The SourceResolver appears to be a
org.apache.cocoon.environment.http.HttpEnvironment, which uses another
SourceResolver in a protected variable that I can't see.
I also don't see a way to indicate that the request should be POST, not GET.

Does anyone know how to pass parameters? Is there a better way that I didn't
think of?

Cheers, Nico.

--- Code of my action ---

package nl.kluwer; <!-- The people who hire me at the moment. -->

import java.util.Map;
import java.util.HashMap;
import org.apache.avalon.framework.parameters.Parameters;
import org.apache.cocoon.acting.AbstractAction;
import org.apache.cocoon.environment.ObjectModelHelper;
import org.apache.cocoon.environment.Redirector;
import org.apache.cocoon.environment.Request;
import org.apache.cocoon.environment.SourceResolver;
import org.apache.excalibur.source.Source;

public class HttpFileAction extends AbstractAction {
  public Map act (Redirector redirector,
                  SourceResolver resolver,
                  Map objectModel,
                  String source,
                  Parameters params) {
    Map sitemapParams = new HashMap();
    Source actionSource = null;
    try {
      actionSource = resolver.resolveURI(source, null,
      <!-- I have tried building a HashMap for the parameters instead, with
the same result. -->
    } catch (Exception e) {
      getLogger().error("Cannot resolve HTTP-file action: "+e.toString());
      return null;
    try {
      File tmpFile = File.createTempFile(source.replaceAll("[:/]", "_"),
      InputStream tmpIn = actionSource.getInputStream();
      FileWriter tmpOut = new FileWriter(tmpFile.getPath());
      for (int c =; c >= 0; c = {
      sitemapParams.put("filepath", tmpFile.getPath());
      sitemapParams.put("fileurl", tmpFile.toURI().toString());
    } catch (Exception e) {
      getLogger().error("Cannot write file for HTTP-file action:
      return null;
    return sitemapParams;

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