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From <Jan.Mate...@rzf.fin-nrw.de>
Subject AW: is Forrest easilly scriptable ?
Date Thu, 11 May 2006 05:23:12 GMT
>> Know I'm involved in a project that will need to automatically, 
>> periodically, send pdf documents as e-mail attaches to system 
>> administrators. Why not Forrest for the doc generation ?
>> 
>> Can I easilly embedd forrest inside shell scripts ? Just 
>gessing: 1) I 
>> would generate XML automatically; 2) I would generate png images 
>> automatically; 3) then I would invoque forrest; 4) then I 
>would remove 
>> the pdf file from the 'site' sub-dir and send it by e-mail....


>I'm glad you say "sie is not a problem". Forrest is big and 
>clunky if all you wan tto do is send out the odd mail or two 
>of specific files.
>
>One of the big limitations of Forrest is that it is difficult 
>to generate single files. So if you want a single PDF to be 
>updated, you would have to build the whole site. This is not a 
>problem if your site is small, but if it is large it can be an 
>issue. Forrest is not really designed for one off page generation.
>
>Having said that, there are mechnisms for limiting what pages 
>are generated.


I am a little bit out of date here, but what would Forrest produce in
the webapp mode and you request only the two pdf files? Therefore you
would
- start tomcat/jetty with Forrest webapp
- <ant:get> the pdf's from localhost:8080/...
- stop tomcat/jetty
- <ant:email> the files


Jan

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