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From Berin Loritsch <>
Subject RE: Installing Cocoon on Win98 questions
Date Mon, 24 Jan 2000 17:45:01 GMT
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From:	Michael Sanborn []
Sent:	Monday, January 24, 2000 11:14 AM
Subject:	Installing Cocoon on Win98 questions


I'd like to explore XML publishing with Cocoon, but I don't have much
experience with servers and none with servlets. I've attempted to follow the
installation instructions at to install Cocoon and it's
prerequisites on my desktop machine. I'm running Windows 98, jdk1.2.2,
Apache 1.3.9, Apache JServ 1.0, the latest Xerces and Xalan, and Cocoon 1.6.
I've got the installation up to the point of displaying the JServ
IsItWorking page. Now I'd like to view the samples. So I have some questions
which must be really, really basic.

1. Do I list the xalan.jar and xerces.jar in my CLASSPATH variable in

NO!  Windows 98 has a problem with really long CLASSPATH or environment
variables (I can't run Tomcat because I am out of environment space).  JServ
has a configuration that has wrapper.classpath entries, and it loads just fine
with that.

2. Do I need to worry about the processor.xsp.repository setting in

You should not worry about any settings in the file until you
need to tune Cocoon.  Unfortunately, that information is a little scarce right

3. If I've installed Cocoon in C:\Cocoon, how do I set ApJServAction in the
mod_jserv.conf file? I set up JServ in C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache
JServ. Does the default setting "ApJServAction .xml
/servlets/org.apache.cocoon.Cocoon" work? Do I need to put in an absolute
pathname, and if so, to where?

You put the absolute path in the file.  The installation instructions
should have more details.

4. The install documentation refers to a Cocoon.xml page for Cocoon internal
status. How do I get to it?

It is automatically generated by Cocoon.  Once Cocoon is properly installed,
and you type Cocoon.xml on the url path, Cocoon will generate that page.

5. For that matter, how do I get to any of the samples in the Cocoon

Go to the samples directory in the Cocoon jar file.  (I assume that you have
unjarred the Cocoon-1.6.jar file).  Just copy that information to the htdocs
(or wherever your HTML files are storred) directory.

One note of caution: DO NOT place the files in a mapped directory.  If the
directory is not physically on the disk, the XSP pages will not work properly.
The glaring culprit: the dynamic syntax hilighting XSP page will not be able
to find the page that needs to be rendered.

6. Do I need to copy Cocoon.jar into my Apache JServ\servlets directory?

Not necessarily, but if you want JServ to automatically update Cocoon when
you upgrade the binary, it should be there.

Thanks for your help.

Michael Sanborn
Aircraft Technical Publishers
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