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From Moshe Yudkowsky <>
Subject skins to wrong directory in transition from 0.5 to 0.7
Date Fri, 21 Oct 2005 15:19:01 GMT
I'm having a great deal of difficulty transitioning from 0.5.1 to 0.7. 
I've searched the archives, but I can't find some very specific answers.

I'm behind a firewall that I control. While I can easily "wget" the file, my attempt at running forrest 
  fails, with the following error in my log:

> fetch-skins-descriptors:
> fetching descriptor:
> Getting:
> Error getting to /usr/local/share/forrest-current/main/webapp/skins/skins-1.xml

Now, I admit that I don't understand this, for two reasons.

(1) The first is whether the "Getting" failed, or whether writing to the 
skins.xml to /usr/local/share/forrest-current failed.

(2) The second is more important: why would the skins end up in 
/usr/local/share/forrest-current, as implied by the log? I have 
project.skins-dir set to ${project.content-dir}/skins, which puts it in 
a sub-directory in user space and is specific to a particular project. 
The error implies that only super-user can run forrest, or that any 
change to the skin would require super-user approval. This is very 
different than in 0.5, and not covered in the FAQ.

I suspect that I'm supposed to "install" the skins as super-user the 
first time through, but again that's not reasonable. I want to use the 
skins that I have in my user space.

I also have other issues:

* I have set forrest.skins.descriptors to 
file://./src/documentation/skins/skins.xml, but the system still 
attempts to fetch

* The FAQ states that if I fail because I'm behind a firewall, I should 
use the proxy and host settings. That's not a reasonable suggestion! I 
don't need to proxy anything else, and clearly there's a different 
problem at work.

* The new skins.xml file isn't documented, as far as I can tell. It's 
not all that difficult to understand by reading it, but it'd be nice to 
understand :
  - what it does
  - whether I can use URLs of the type "file"
  - whether I can use relative path names (and where they start out 
relative to) in "file://" style skin path names
  - whether any custom skin I create needs to be put into the skins.xml file
   - and other matters that will no doubt come to mind when I finally 
get 0.7 to work.
   - Or, for that matter, where the "best practices" location is for 
"skins.xml" if I use a local copy.

Does someone have this information?

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