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

Christian Steinert christian_steinert at web.de
Tue Feb 3 15:13:12 CET 2009


Dear Phil

I am a bit confused by what you write.
With my site, I also have links like /sites/default/foo/bar.html and 
nonetheless the pages are generated with links like /foo/bar.html

In which editor do you get links like 
http://www.tssi.co.uk/sites/default/tssi/products/biometric_security/fingerprint_reader_range.html?
Do you have them in the HTML editor or do you only have them when you do 
"edit controlcode"?

For me, the controlcode uses urls starting with /sites/default but the 
HTML editor does not. And when I request page contents from opencms, 
then opencms will return working links that have no site root inside of 
them. Could it be that your templates are reading the content of your 
pages in some non-standard way and that some internal functionality has 
been restructured so that you now miss out on the automatic conversion 
from internal references to their external representation?

I hat no problems of this kind during my upgrade from 6 to 7 (I used the 
upgrade wizard to update my existing installation which worked fine and 
also did not require any changes of the site configuration; My main site 
is in /sites/default but I don't think that the folder /sites/default 
has a special meaning anywhere in the opencms code).

Best Regards
Christian

> 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
> http://www.tssi.co.uk/products/biometric_security/fingerprint_reader_range
> .html they will be shown as
> http://www.tssi.co.uk/sites/default/tssi/products/biometric_security/finge
> 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
> /sites/default/tssi/sites/default/tssi.
>
>  
>
> 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
> 7.
>
>  
>
> 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"
> configuration.
>
>  
>
> 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.
>
>  
>
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>
>  
>
> 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:
>
>  
>
>       <default-uri>/sites/default/</default-uri>
>
>       <site server="http://www.tssi.co.uk" uri="/sites/default/tssi/"/>
>
>  
>
> I've edited the settings in opencms-importexport as follows:
>
>  
>
>                         <rfs-prefix>/export</rfs-prefix>
>
>                         <vfs-prefix></vfs-prefix>
>
>                         <userelativelinks>false</userelativelinks>
>
>  
>
> (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 /?
>
>  
>
> Cheers,
>
> Phil
>
>  
>
>  
>
> Phil Launchbury
> IT & Support Manager
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