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From Reinhard Poetz <>
Subject Directory structure of blocks
Date Mon, 11 Apr 2005 14:50:23 GMT
Daniel Fagerstrom wrote:

> Ok, I had some remembrance that we had decided to have a particular 
> directory structure on the COBs, but I couldn't find any documentation 
> on that, do you have any link or example?

no. But AFAIK there aren't many rules. Those that I know of are:

Blocks have a block.xml descriptor and a COB-INF directory, that can contain a 
directory "classes" and "lib".
The block's root sitemap (if there exists any) is defined by the block.xml.

I don't know why we named it "COB-INF" but there was (still is?) a good reason 
for this because I remember some long discussion. Apart from this I'm not sure 
where to put "block.xml". In analogy to WAR files it should be "COB-INF/block.xml".

If the reasons for COB-INF vanished in the meantime, I propose following 
directory structure:

[cocoon block] [DIR]
       +-- block.xml
       +-- classes [DIR]
       +-- lib [DIR]


Reinhard Pötz           Independent Consultant, Trainer & (IT)-Coach 

{Software Engineering, Open Source, Web Applications, Apache Cocoon}


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