[opencms-dev] I think I know what is going wrong..

Phil Launchbury Phil.Launchbury at tssi.co.uk
Tue Feb 3 11:58:50 CET 2009

Here is a summary of all the problems I've been having with migrating from
6 to 7:




Modified my hosts file so that when I go to our live website it points at
the new server.

Installed OpenCMS 7, imported site. All the site URLs are wrong (when you
go to www.tssi.co.uk on the new server all the URLs on the pages have the
wrong form - instead of being in the form of
.html they will be shown as
rprint_reader_range.html - which of course doesn't work.


I tried many and various forms of importing our site to the new server
(from / to /, from / to /sites/default/tssi etc etc ad nauseum) produce
exactly the same result. And trying to use the "rewrite URLS" feature just
adds another /sites/default/tssi onto the line to make it


The only way I could get it to work was by importing all the website into
the root of the OpenCMS heirarchy. Which isn't good. And as soon as I
moved it into the proper place we were back at the original error again -
almost like the URL parser doesn't know that the site lives in
/sites/default/tssi and so is trying to make sure that we can get to it.
This may be an artifact of how OpenCMS is set up underneath (in terms of
where sites are defined as being in relation to projects) but all the
experimentation I did I couldn't duplicate how OpenCMS 6 works in OpenCMS


So - today I tried the other approach:


Cloned our live site onto the test box (with OpenCMS 6) - test site worked
perfectly with all URLs showing up as they should be. Upgraded the test
box to OpenCMS 7 - exactly the same errors as the "set up from new"


In summary - I can't find any way of moving our site onto OpenCMS 7 in its
current form. And having spent 3 days trying to do it I suspect it'll be
quicker and easier to find some other way of doing it rather than banging
my head against the brick wall. And even manually going through all the
files is probably quicker than trying to get it working in OCMS 7.




It looks like the link parser has got confused and is serving the site as
if the site root is / instead of what it should be (sort of like a fail
chroot!). The site definition in opencms-system is as follows:



      <site server="http://www.tssi.co.uk" uri="/sites/default/tssi/"/>


I've edited the settings in opencms-importexport as follows:






(The userelativelinks is as standard - I didn't change that at all).


These are changes to remove the /opencms/opencms from the site URL.


Is there any way I can force OpenCMS to recognise that the effective
chroot of the site is in the /sites/default/tssi directory and not /?






Phil Launchbury
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