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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Random comments and bugfixes
Date Tue, 11 Nov 2003 15:02:00 GMT
[copying dev@cocoon because many people are in search for a serious 
versioned content repository these days]

Hello everyone,

I find myself in the need for a serious WebDAV/DeltaV/DASL content 
repository and after having searched land and sea and having tried all 
possible combinations out there [pure mod_dav, catacomb and 
subversion], I decided to use invest my effort in Slide, also because 
of the familiarity with the java language compared to mod_dav which 
isn't really friendly for me]

I've looked into the tree for a few days now and I found several things 
that puzzle me.

[note, I'm running slide as of CVS checkout of yesterday morning, on 
Jetty 4.2.14rc1, on MacOS X 10.3.1 with JVM 1.4.2_01]

First of all, I think that "org.apache.slide.util.Configurations" 
should *not* be abstract... because it's used directly (via static 
methods) from the WebDAVServlet. This caused the "litmus" tests (see to fail and DeltaV clients to go 
nuts since the system was triggering 500 errors while trying to access 
the configuration classes.

After patching this, Slide passes all the litmus tests but one:

16. prophighunicode....... FAIL (PROPPATCH of property with high 
unicode value)
17. propget............... FAIL (No value given for property 

il motivo e' il seguente: org.jdom.IllegalDataException: The data "?" 
is not legal for a JDOM character content: 0xd800 is not a legal XML 

Here is the HTTP request

PROPPATCH /files/litmus/prop2 HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: litmus/0.9.4 neon/0.24.2
Connection: TE
TE: trailers
Content-Length: 185
X-Litmus: props: 16 (prophighunicode)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<propertyupdate xmlns='DAV:'>

[Note that I reformatted the output, so the content-length is broken]

Now: whose problem is this Slide's or JDOM's?

                                           - o -

Now a few random questions:

1) what's the status of the tree? I found out that contributed 
WebDAVGUI is out of synch with the various libraries and it seems dead. 
I also find the distribution waaaaay too tomcat centric.

2) I saw the archives and I heard about the 2.0 release proposal, 
what's the status of that?

3) also, what's the status of the variuos stores? are they usable?

4) now a more detailed question: does the DASL implementation provided 
with Slide scale? are the content metadata stored in the DB or are 
stored along with the files?

[I'm going to investigate #4 myself, but I would like to hear your 

Thanks for any help that you might give me.

ah, and prepare for a load of patches ;-) [there are tons of import 
statements to cleanup, javadocs warnings and unused variables... note: 
I don't have CVS access on the slide CVS module, otherwise I would 
commit them myself]


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