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From "Lars Huttar" <>
Subject RE: how to throw (not propagate) an error?
Date Tue, 30 Dec 2003 21:58:52 GMT
Never mind, I think I got it... it was actually very easy
once I realized that throwing an exception from Java code
in an XSP page might not be hard. (Guess I have some
Javaphobia. I don't want to get bogged down too much in
the underlying details of Cocoon.)

Anyway, I merely put the following in my (generated) XSP action page:
              <!-- Generate exception to be caught in sitemap -->
              throw new ProcessingException("Authorization failed.");

I figured this would give me all sorts of errors such as
not declaring/catching the exception... but it didn't; instead
Blow me over.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lars Huttar []
> Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 2:51 PM
> To: Cocoon Users List (E-mail)
> Subject: how to throw (not propagate) an error?
> Hi all,
> I'm working on an application that uses user 
> authentication/authorization.
> Rather than using the Authentication Framework,
> I'm handling auth/auth myself in the sitemap.
> When a request is processed, the pipeline that matches the
> request calls the authorization pipeline. The authorization
> pipeline returns the requested data if the user is logged in
> and authorized; otherwise, it returns data indicating an
> authorization failure.
> Problem: every pipeline that calls the authorization pipeline
> has to know how to handle the two possible types of returned
> data, and respond accordingly. The authorization pipeline
> might even be called two or three levels deep in the call stack,
> and all intervening pipelines have to know about the possible
> failure condition and how to handle it.
> This is a classic case where error handling helps: the authorization
> pipeline should be able to throw an error condition, which is
> caught by an error handler <map:handle-errors>, and none of
> the other code needs to be able to handle error data instead of
> the usual data.
> But my problem is, how to throw my own error?
> I see there is a "notify" generator,
> so I can invoke
>   <map:generate type="notifying" />
> somehow in my authorization pipeline when auth fails;
> but how do I control what kind of error is generated?
> And anyway, the documentation says this generator can only
> be used within a <handle-errors> section, i.e. you can't
> throw an error with it until an error condition already exists.
> So to throw my own error, do I have to create an XSP page with
> Java code in it to throw an error? If so could someone
> give me an example?
> Or is there some kind of error-throwing instruction for the sitemap?

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