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From David Crossley <>
Subject Re: problem with hidden pages
Date Mon, 14 Nov 2011 07:36:16 GMT
Vicent Mas wrote:
> David Crossley wrote :
> > Vicent Mas wrote:
> >>
> >> I'm running a dispatcher site and I'd like to add a custom '404 error'
> >> page to it. I've created a 404.xml file and put it in my xdocs
> >> directory. The page shouldn't appear in the navigation menu so in my
> >> site.xml I've added an entry without 'label' attribute:
> >>
> >>     <error404 href="404.html" />
> >>
> >> When I execute 'forrest run' the browser loads the URL
> >> localhost:8888/404.html with no problem. However, when I run 'forrest'
> >> and create a static site, the 404.html is not added to the site. Could
> >> someone tell me how to add a hidden page to a static site, please?
> >> I've googled the web with no luck.
> >
> > This page explains additional documents:
> >
> >
> > You do not need all of what is explained there, but it
> > does talk about "extra documents".
> thanks a lot for the info. Copying in my xdocs directory a pure html
> file linked to no other document and customising cli.xconf for
> processing it works.

You could instead have used a normal xdocs/404.xml source file.

> The problem is that the generated file uses the
> default pelt skin, but my website uses a customised pelt skin. I don't
> know how to tell to cli.xconf that it should use my customised skin.
> Is it doable?

Sorry i don't know much about Dispatcher.

The "cli.xconf" file is not involved regarding which skin.

Perhaps using an xml source, as exlained above, will help.


> As a dirty workaround I've come back to my initial idea (that
> explained in my first post) and I've added an  <a
> href="site:error404"> </a> element to one of the regular pages of my
> website. This invisible <a> element points to the hidden 404.html
> page. So now the page is hidden but linked and running 'forrest'
> generates it and adds it to the website. Not very elegant, but seems
> to work.
> Vicent
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