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From Mansour Al Akeel <>
Subject Re: sharing properties in blocks
Date Fri, 22 May 2009 15:34:04 GMT
If this problem can not be resolved, it will be nice if someone can
indicate this. 

On Mon May 18,2009 10:07 pm, Mansour Al Akeel wrote:
> Ok, I found what I was looking for. I can override the properties in the 
> contents block, and they will be available to the navigation block. The 
> problem now is, I need (for testing and dev) the absolute path to the 
> current cocoon block context (ie, the absolute location of the sitemap).
> I tried using different protocols but none worked for me. I tried (in my 
> properties file) :
> but it returns the absolute path of the webapp directory and not COB-INF.
> Other protocols like cocoon:/ and cocoon:// gave exceptions :
> java.lang.StackOverflowError
>         at org.apache.regexp.RE.matchNodes(Unknown Source)
>         at org.apache.regexp.RE.matchNodes(Unknown Source)
>         at org.apache.regexp.RE.matchNodes(Unknown Source)
> ...
> Is there a way when developing with maven, to obtain the absolute path of 
> the current block context, so that I can share it with other blocks ?
> I know this can be taken care later on when putting everything in a war, 
> and use either context:/ or file:// but as a default value I need to set 
> this up this way.
> Any idea ?
> Mansour Al Akeel wrote:
>> Hello all:
>> I have this senario where I need to override properties in more than one 
>> of the blocks when they are used from a top level one. For example, I need 
>> the site navigation block to construct a navigation from one directory. In 
>> another block, the contents will be server from the same directory. In the 
>> site navigation block I have this:
>> <map:generate type="directory" src="${}">
>>             <map:parameter name="depth" value="3"/>
>>  </map:generate>
>> Then in define this value in the for the contents-block 
>> using the relative path:
>> Now, the problem is, this directory doesn't exist in the navigation block. 
>> I considered using one of the InputModules varaibles that refers to the 
>> deployment path (not sure which one yet), but again this won't help as I 
>> want to be able to change this variable to an absolute path on the 
>> filesystem.
>> I am using aggregation to combine results from multiple blocks.
>> Is there's a clean way to achieve this?
>> Thank you.

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