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From Joerg Heinicke <>
Subject Re: Cocoon problems generating html output
Date Wed, 04 Jun 2003 08:37:47 GMT
Hello Rob,

to make it short:

Are absolute paths an option for you? Passing a base directory to FOP is 
not implemented in Cocoon'S FOPSerailizer.

Joerg wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm a bit of a Cocoon newbie so forgive me if there are any errors in the
> following...
> In an attempt to push the use of DocBook for technical documentation within
> our group I have been trialling its use and using Cocoon 2.0.4 as the
> publishing framework. I have deployed this under tomcat-4.1.24 on Solaris 8
> with j2sdk1.4.1_01. We are also using docbook-xsl-1.58.1 for the
> stylesheets.
> We are mainly generating this into html and pdf for review and
> distribution. Now I have replaced Xalan with Saxon the html seems be
> working a lot better, faster and more reliable. One problem I am having is
> with graphics in PDF files, if I include an imageobject element in the
> docbook all works fine for html but with pdf the image fails to be
> included. The following error occurs in both the error.log and the
> sitemap.log
> ERROR   (2003-06-04) 08:51.35:216   [sitemap.serializer.fo2pdf.fop]
> (/cocoon/mount/users/r_exley/doc/r_exley/rpe006.pdf)
> Thread-8/ExternalGraphic: Error while creating area : Error with image URL:
> images/rpe006_1.png (No such file or directory) and no base directory is
> specified
> A fragment from the docbook source used in this is as follows:
>     <mediaobject>
>       <imageobject>
>         <imagedata fileref="images/rpe006_1.png" format="PNG"/>
>       </imageobject>
>     </mediaobject>
> After searching through google etc. this seems to be because the somewhere
> between Apache FOP and docbook-xsl a baseDir configuration parameter is
> required when operating in a servlet environment. The following is one of
> the references I found to this.
> How do I approach getting this into my cocoon implementation ?
> Has anyone had any experience of this ?
> Is it docbook-xsl, FOP or Cocoon that is deficient in the treatment of
> images and PDFs via this mechanism ?
> Am I missing something or doing this incorrectly ?
> FYI - I am pretty sure using this approach plus FOP all works from the
> command line.
> I would appreciate any help/advice on this. Equally if I should be
> addressing this elsewhere then thats fine as well.
> thanks in advance
> ---
> Rob Exley
> Senior Technical Consultant
> Equifax Plc
> e-mail:
> tel: 01274 759610

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