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From Grzegorz Kossakowski <>
Subject Re: ${cocoon.request.contextPath} returns null in 2.2
Date Mon, 29 Jan 2007 11:08:55 GMT
Daniel Fagerstrom napisaƂ(a):
> Daniel Fagerstrom skrev:
>> Grzegorz Kossakowski wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I'm hacking now ajax and forms block to get them use of
>>> servlet-services
>>> and came across a bug. When you put ${cocoon.request.contextPath} into
>>> JX template it will always return null (at least while using servlet
>>> dispatcher). However, ${cocoon.request.requestURI} returns valid value,
>>> so it must be only contextPath broken somehow. Unfortunately, I have no
>>> skills to debug this.
>>> Anyone can at least confirm this? Can you test it without servlet
>>> dispatcher? (I would do it myself if I knew how)
>> I have not tested it. But looking at the code the servlet dispatcher
>> just embeds the request object from the servlet container with a
>> proxy. And the proxy doesn't affect the contextPath AFAICS, so it
>> might be that the context path is null in the original request.
>> For a servlet service that is called through the servlet protocol,
>> the contextPath will always be "", which is a bug. Currently the
>> request object of the calling servlet service is not available in the
>> servlet source, so there is no easy fix. I plan to refactor the call
>> stack and make it available there.
>> In the servlet architecture we have:
>> requestURI = contextPath + servletPath + pathInfo
>> As the servlet service architecture creates an extra level of paths
>> relative to the servlet architecture there are several possibilities
>> where to add the mountPath.  I solved it in the following way: the
>> dispatcher servlet will look for the mountPath that is the longest
>> prefix in the incoming pathInfo. It will then create a new
>> servletPath and pathInfo for the called servlet service:
>> newServletPath = servletPath + mountPath
>> newPathInfo = pathInfo.substring(mountPath.length())
>> So as you can see the contextPath will be the same as for all servlet
>> services.
> Taking a look at your patches in JIRA I see that you have replaced
>  {request:contextPath}/_cocoon/resources
> with
>  /blocks-test/cocoon-forms-impl/resources
> Now the original pattern is actually faulty (even if it seem to be
> used everywhere in the samples), it should have been
>  {request:contextPath}{request:servletPath}/_cocoon/resources
> and
>  {request:contextPath}{request:servletPath}/resources
> in your refactored code.
> The only reason that the samples work is that the web.xml in
> cocoon-webapp mounts the sitemap servlet at "/*" which gives
> servletPath="", but there is no reason to constrain the use of the
> sitemap servlet to be used only with an empty servlet path. A servlet
> is supposed to be mountable wherever the user want it.
> Using the servlet service fw, sitemap servlets will be mounted at
> other paths and the servletPath must be taken into account.
Thanks for explanation. However, your proposed solution will not work.
In cocoon-ajax-sample we have:
<script type="text/javascript"
Now if it is replaced by:
<script type="text/javascript"
It would be resolved into:
<script type="text/javascript"

So in short, all we want is '/blocks-test' part, the rest depends on
which block's resources we link to. How get this part?
> It is still a bug that the contextPath is null, it should be "" (or
> some other non null string).

After reverting all my hacking with servlet-services-fw it works well.
Next time I'll check thing more carefully, sorry for the noise.

Grzegorz Kossakowski

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