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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: mounting blocks question
Date Fri, 10 Oct 2003 15:32:48 GMT

On Friday, Oct 10, 2003, at 16:23 Europe/Rome, Geoff Howard wrote:

> Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
>> On Friday, Oct 10, 2003, at 04:43 Europe/Rome, Geoff Howard wrote:
>>> We decided that wiring.xml would have entries like:
>>> <mount>/mail/</mount>
>>> How would this work for using hostname based mounting?
>> no. this concerns applies to the servlet hosting environment, there 
>> is nothing we can do from this side of the Servlet API fence to 
>> trigger virtual host configuration.
>>> Use case:
>>> Two different applications, same cocoon instance.
>>> ....(mail block)
>>> <mount host="">/</mount>
>>> ??
>>> .... (main site block)
>>> <mount host="">/</mount>
>>> ... (authentication block)
>>> <mount>/login</mount> (defaults to all hosts)
>> single sign-on, right?
>> yeah, thought about it extensively but no, we can't do it from this 
>> side, unless we hook to a particular servlet container and we modify 
>> its configuration files directly and not thru the servlet API.
>> and in a two-tier environment (think apache+tomcat), this is not even 
>> enough, since the virtual hosts are configured in httpd.conf.
>> Is it possible to achieve the same functionality? yeah, you bet, with 
>> a little tuning of httpd.conf, a few aliases and/or mod_rewrite URI 
>> rewriting.
> Huh?  I'm doing it now with Cocoon.  It's just a host matcher in the 
> root sitemap and each mounts a sub-sitemap.  I know that in order to 
> get those vhosts pointing to the cocoon webapp I have to configure 
> some other front end, but I'm talking about supporting them once they 
> arrive.

ah, ok! gotcha.

yeah, in that case, we could use host-based mounting, that's a good 


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