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From Ellis Pritchard <>
Subject Re: Adding EXSLT functions
Date Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:12:33 GMT
Hi Chris,

Not standard EXSLT functions, but I have loaded extension functions under 2.1.

I’ve just consulted my archives (2006!)…

Firstly, I used a .xweb patch file patch Cocoon’s servlet configuration, in order to pre-load
my extension classes using Cocoon's load-class init-param; this was because doing it lazily
at run-time created a class-loader race-condition under high load, which caused a random extension
class to be called on production, and thus randomly fail with a NoSuchMethod exception, which
was perplexing to say the least (so I mention this so you don’t have the same problem!):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xweb xpath="/web-app/servlet[servlet-name='Cocoon']/init-param[param-name='load-class']/param-value"
        <!-- pre-load classes used as XSLT extensions to prevent classloader race-condition
under high load -->


This goes into cocoon's src/confpatch directory as e.g. load-class.xweb and patches web.xml,
unless you build it some other way.

Then you just write a simple POJO with static methods to do your functionality, e.g. I had
a little function for finding a local file-size:



public class FileUtils {

         * returns the size of a file rounded to the nearest Kilobyte.
         * @param fileName
         * @return the file size in KB, or 0 if file not accessible.
    public static long Size(String fileName) {
                 File file = new File(fileName);
                 return ((file.length()+512)/1024);

Then to use this from the XSL, you just declare a namespace with the full class name as the
URI, and use the prefix and method name as you would use any other function e.g.:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

   <xsl:template match=“something”>
        Size = <xsl:value-of select="file:Size($path)"/>


Hope that works for you: it’s been a long long time since I did anything Cocoony...


On 27 Feb 2014, at 21:47, Christopher Schultz <> wrote:

> Signed PGP part
> All,
> I've been successfully using EXSLT functions -- specifically, the
> date-and-time functions ( -- for some
> years now and I was interested in using the "seconds" function. It
> turns out that the "seconds" function is not in the core functions and
> so for whatever reason, it's not been included in Xalan (I'm using
> Cocoon 2.1.11 which uses Xalan 2.7.1 by default).
> I've tried to download and use the date.seconds.xsl template and
> included Javascript and MSXML XSL templates with a mixture of
> <xsl:import> and xmlns:date declarations, but nothing seems to get the
> two working together.
> Has anyone ever manually-plugged an EXSLT function into Xalan? How did
> you do it?
> Thanks,
> -chris
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