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bugs fixed for log4cpp

I have fixed some issues for log4cpp and hope I can go forward to clean up all outstanding tracker entries on sourceforge.

Log4cpp is a library of C++ classes for flexible logging to files, syslog, IDSA and other destinations. It is modeled after the Log for Java library (http://www.log4j.org), staying as close to their API as is reasonable.

Overview of fixed bugs:

I have also changed to current development version from 1.0 to 1.1 and hope I can push a bugfix release in the next month’s out.

There is also an interesting article with a good introduction and a small example from Sun.

Posted in cpp, log4cpp Tagged: bug, cpp, log4cpp, logging

Syndicated 2009-09-08 07:08:34 from waffel's Weblog

git over https failed to push some refs

I have tried to use our main git repository over https but I had gotten error messages like

PUT 54510da55977f5c1e47e5356b996762f4544b90d failed, aborting (22/403)
MKCOL 3b04e830cf4e221491e38443beac0f2f4a2e61c1 failed, aborting (22/403)
PUT 96496dc5f4115e3b9a90757410158f2ba7d12c80 failed, aborting (22/403)
MKCOL af7988694ce7cc8fbfd6b40deffe78d7231cffc8 failed, aborting (22/403)
Updating remote server info
error: failed to push some refs to 'https://myserver.de/myproject.git'

It was hard to discover whats going wrong here. I have set the GIT_CURL_VERBOSE=1 flag to see if there was an communication problem with my server. The communication itself was ok … but the server returns always a 403 (permission denied).

Next I had a look into my apache logs and I had seen follow error messages:

Permission denied: Unable to create a collection.

This looks like a file permission problem. I have setup a new group for my git repository and give apache the rights for read and write. But the problems still occured.

The solution was to set the correct Limit directive in the configuration for my git repository:

Alias /git /usr/var/git
<directory "/usr/var/git">
  DAV filesystem
  Options +Indexes

  AuthType Basic
  AuthName "git repositories"
  AuthUserFile /etc/apache/git.users.auth

    Require valid-user

After a apache reload the push and pull commands working nice.

Posted in git Tagged: apache2, git, https, problem

Syndicated 2009-09-01 15:38:02 from waffel's Weblog

use your own variable in eclipse code templates

On my work we develop eclipse plugins and want to add the current bundle id and bundle version to the since field for class comments. There are not much examples around this problem (we have searched google and eclipse help) so let me explain how you can achive this.

For example we want to define follow code template:

 * @author ${user}
 * ${tags}
 * @since ${bundleId} ${bundleVersion}

The bundleId and bundleVersion variable are not provided by the standard code template variables. Now we have to find out how we can achive this problem.

First of all you need to develop your own eclipse plugin which should provide such feature. The new plugin requires follow dependencies:

  • org.eclipse.core.resources;bundle-version=”3.5.0″,
  • org.eclipse.ui;bundle-version=”3.5.0″,
  • org.eclipse.jface.text;bundle-version=”3.5.0″,
  • org.eclipse.jdt.core;bundle-version=”3.5.0″,
  • org.eclipse.jdt.ui;bundle-version=”3.5.0″,
  • org.eclipse.core.runtime;bundle-version=”3.5.0″,
  • org.eclipse.pde.core;bundle-version=”3.5.0″

The PDE dependency is needed to get the current bundle id and the bundle version. If you need other features (for example a maven project version) you have depend on other plugins. But in this example I’ll show you how to add bundle id and bundle version as extra variable for the eclipse code templates.

Next you have to create a extention to register your own variable resolver at startup. The variable resolvers are the heart of the plugin because they providing new variables for the code templates to be used and resolving the content if you use the code template.


< ?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
< ?eclipse version="3.4"?>
   <extension point="org.eclipse.ui.startup">
      <startup class="yourplugin.eclipse.javadoc.internal.RegisterResolvers">

The RegisterResolvers class implements the IStartup interface from eclipse. This class registers the variable resolvers to the code template context. This is required to have the variables available in the code templates from eclipse.


   * {@inheritDoc}
   * @see IStartup#earlyStartup()
  public void earlyStartup() {
    // check if plug-in org.eclipse.jdt.ui is already active
    final Bundle bundle = Platform.getBundle(PLUGIN_ID);
    if (bundle != null && bundle.getState() == Bundle.ACTIVE) {
      // register resolvers
    } else {
      // register listener to get informed, when plug-in becomes active
      final BundleContext bundleContext = Activator.getDefault().getBundle().getBundleContext();
      bundleContext.addBundleListener(new BundleListener() {
        public void bundleChanged(final BundleEvent pEvent) {
          final Bundle bundle2 = pEvent.getBundle();
          if (!bundle2.getSymbolicName().equals(PLUGIN_ID)) {
          if (bundle2.getState() == Bundle.ACTIVE) {

   * Internal method to register resolvers with all context types.
  private void registerResolvers() {
    final ContextTypeRegistry codeTemplateContextRegistry = JavaPlugin.getDefault().getCodeTemplateContextRegistry();
    final Iterator ctIter = codeTemplateContextRegistry.contextTypes();
    while (ctIter.hasNext()) {
      final TemplateContextType contextType = (TemplateContextType) ctIter.next();
      contextType.addResolver(new BundleIdResolver());
      contextType.addResolver(new BundleVersionResolver());


The bundleIdResolver extends the TemplateVariableResolver and defines (in the default constructor) the variable name which can be used later in the code template, a description and overrides the resolve method.

The resolve method checks if the current project is a plugin project and if so returns the bundle id from the project.

public class BundleIdResolver extends TemplateVariableResolver {
   * Constructs a new <code>BundleIdResolver</code>.
  public BundleIdResolver() {
    super("bundleId", "id of the bundle containing the current compilation unit");

   * {@inheritDoc}
   * @see TemplateVariableResolver#resolve(org.eclipse.jface.text.templates.TemplateContext)
  protected String resolve(final TemplateContext pContext) {
    final CodeTemplateContext context = (CodeTemplateContext) pContext;
    final IPluginModelBase pluginModelBase = PluginRegistry.findModel(context.getJavaProject().getProject());
    if (pluginModelBase == null) {
      return null;
    return pluginModelBase.getBundleDescription().getSymbolicName();

Now you can come up with the question why not you can use the standard eclipse extention point mechanism and create your own context.

Well, we want to extend the java context but the current eclipse implementation doe’s not provide such functionality. For sure if you want to have your own context you can do this with the standard extention point mechanism (as the Ant example). There is a small example about the eclipse editor templates.

Thanks to my colleague Marco Lehmann for the complete solution.

Posted in java Tagged: code template, eclipse, java, plugin

Syndicated 2009-08-21 12:08:44 from waffel's Weblog

How to test spring session or request scope beans

Often you need test cases where you want to use spring configured beans from a existing spring configuration instead of writing mock objects.

In such cases you can use the spring ContextConfiguration class annotation to load your spring configurations. For test cases you may also extend the AbstractTestNGSpringContextTests which gives you nice test support facilities.

But how to test beans which using special scopes like session or request?

The AbstractTestNGSpringContextTests does not provide support to test scoped beans.

Our test module provides a SimpleMapScope implementation, which can be used for scoped beans. There is also a spring configuration for the scopes request and session: session-request-testscopes.xml which can be used as a ContextConfiguration location.

For example you can write follow simple test case:


@ContextConfiguration(locations = {"/org/waffel/test/session-request-testscopes.xml",
public class SimpleScopeBeansTest extends AbstractTestNGSpringContextTests {

   * A bean which is in scope session.
  private MyBean sessionScopedBean;

  public void testAccessToBean() {


This test uses the test scope spring configuration and another spring configuration, where the sessionScopedBean is in scope session. With the autowired feature, you have instantly access to the bean. Also if the bean is in session or request scope.

The SimpleMapScope implementation:

package org.waffel.test.spring;

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.ObjectFactory;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.config.Scope;

 * This simple scope implementation uses internal a {@link Map} to hold objects
 * in the scope. This scope implementation can be used for testing beans which
 * wants to be stayed for example in session or request scope.
 * <p>
 * To use this scope in your test cases, simple configure a
 * {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.config.CustomScopeConfigurer} with
 * the required scope name:
 * <pre>
 * &lt;bean class=&quot;org.springframework.beans.factory.config.CustomScopeConfigurer&quot;&gt;
 *   &lt;property name=&quot;scopes&quot;&gt;
 *     &lt;map&gt;
 *       &lt;entry key=&quot;session&quot;&gt;
 *         &lt;bean class=&quot;com.siemens.spice.dc.spring.SessionScope&quot; /&gt;
 *       &lt;/entry&gt;
 *     &lt;/map&gt;
 *   &lt;/property&gt;
 * &lt;/bean&gt;
 * </pre>
 * Because the
 * {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.config.CustomScopeConfigurer} is a
 * {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.config.BeanPostProcessor} all
 * requested beans for the scope loaded with that post processor if the
 * registered scope match.
 * </p>
 * @author waffel
public class SimpleMapScope implements Scope {

   * This map contains for each bean name or ID the created object. The objects
   * are created with a spring object factory.
  private final Map<string , Object> objectMap = new HashMap</string><string , Object>();

   * {@inheritDoc}
  public Object get(final String theName, final ObjectFactory theObjectFactory) {
    Object object = objectMap.get(theName);
    if (null == object) {
      object = theObjectFactory.getObject();
      objectMap.put(theName, object);
    return object;

   * {@inheritDoc}
  public String getConversationId() {
    return null;

   * {@inheritDoc}
  public void registerDestructionCallback(final String theName, final Runnable theCallback) {
    // nothing to do ... this is optional and not required

   * {@inheritDoc}
  public Object remove(final String theName) {
    return objectMap.remove(theName);


The session-request-testscopes.xml source:

< ?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
       xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans-2.0.xsd">

  <bean class="org.springframework.beans.factory.config.CustomScopeConfigurer">
    <property name="scopes">
        <entry key="session">
          <bean class="org.waffel.test.spring.SimpleMapScope" />
        <entry key="request">
          <bean class="org.waffel.test.spring.SimpleMapScope" />


Another approach can be found in ahöhma’s weblog.

Posted in spring Tagged: java, request, scope, session, singleton, spring, test, TestNG, unit

Syndicated 2009-04-27 11:45:59 from waffel's Weblog

Article about Buzztard (Part one)

Dave Phillips wrotes a very nice article about one of may open source projects: buzztard.

I hope in the next month’s there is more time for me to work on buzztard. As you know I write mostly testcases and discuss with other developers about the software design.

Posted in software Tagged: buzztard, C, gnome, music, tracker

Syndicated 2009-02-20 18:14:39 from waffel's Weblog

how to use EL from java in a JSF 1.2 environment

There are not much examples, how to use a ELExpression from your java code. The most examples I found, are focussing on “implement your own ELResolver”. The best documentation comes from SUN in form of tutorials and package/javadoc.

Now I will provide some tips how to deal with EL expressions from java. I have tested and implemented this in a JSF 1.2 web application, where I have access to the FacesContext.

In JSF 1.2 you have access to expression factory:

// get application from faces context
Application app = FacesContext.getInstance().getApplication();
ExpressionFactory exprFactory = app.getExpressionFactory();

Now you can use the expression factory to get a MethodExpression or ValueExpression. In my projects we need very often ValueExpressions.

But first you need also an ELContext. There are many implementations available of such context (for JSP, Faces and so on) and enough documentation how to create your own context.
You can access such context again from the faces context:

// getting the ELContext from faces context
ELContext elContext = FacesContext.getInstance().getELContext();
// creating value expression with the help of the expression factory and the ELContext
ValueExpression valExpr = exprFactory.createValueExpression(elContext, "#{devBean.devMode}", Boolean.class);

In this example I will use the boolean value from a “devBean” to work later with this value. Of course, you can inject the value expression, required class type and so on.
The last needed thing is to assign the value to a local variable:

Boolean developmentMode = (Boolean) valExpr.getValue(elContext);

Thats it!

Posted in java, JSF, software   Tagged: EL, ELContext, JSF, JSF1.2   

Syndicated 2008-11-28 19:47:09 from waffel's Weblog

updating mediawiki is easy

I have updated some homepages to the brand new mediawiki version 1.13.2 which was very easy. They have a very good description what you have to do, if you update to a new version and a very nice update script which works also for very old wiki versions (I have tested this with the 1.4.5 version).

But there ara small problems with own skin (for example on http://www.buzztard.org). The skin have to be fixed per hand. Hopfully ensonic can do this the next days.

Posted in administration, software   Tagged: mediawiki, upgrade   

Syndicated 2008-11-13 12:33:10 from waffel's Weblog

fun with h:dataTable and a4j:form

I have some facelet components and want to use them in a h:dataTable. My components containing some form elements like h:inputText, command buttons and so on. To avoid scrolling, I have placed them into a a4j:form.

Now in my h:dataTable loop I call these facelet components and want to have a list of inputText components for example. But every time, I typed in something, only the last input field called correct my setValue() method. All other input components dosn’t call the setter.

Here a very small example to imagine the problem:

The datatable

<h:dataTable value="myBackingBean.list" var="currentItem">
    <waffel:input item="#{currentItem}"/>

The facelet component:

    <h:inputText size="30" value="#{item.value}"/>
    <a4j:commandButton value="ok" action="#{item.applyValue}"/>

To get this to work you have to place a a4j:region around the a4j:form!

      <h:inputText size="30" value="#{item.value}"/>
      <a4j:commandButton value="ok" action="#{item.applyValue}"/>

Now it works fine.

Posted in JSF   Tagged: a4j, dataTable, Facelets, JSF   

Syndicated 2008-10-07 09:41:05 from waffel's Weblog

expanding richfaces tree on datamodel changes

Sometimes you will select a tree node in a richfaces tree, triggered by your datamodel. There are several hints how to do this with a tree state advisor, but I have found another way to do this.

My main problem was, that I do not have a relation between my datamodel and the richfaces UITree components (nodes). This problem was introduced because I use the recursiveTreeAdaptor. I have not found a way to get a TreeRowData object from the UITree for my datamodel object.

I have searched in the richfaces implementation, if there is another way to work with my datamodel which have to expand the tree, if the datamodel is changed.

Lets clearify what I want to do: I have a datamodel with some root nodes and “normal” nodes in a tree like structure. I have also (in my TreeManager) a parameter which holds a selectedNode. A node can selected from the UI (the user clicks on a tree node and causes a node selection event) or from my datamodel, which calls a method in the TreeManager to select a specific tree node.

The tree manager contains a method to select a specific node like this:

public void select(final Node nextStepNode) {
  this.selectedNode = nextStepNode;


To expand the tree to the selected node, I have changed to select method:

public void select(final Node nextStepNode) {
  this.selectedNode = nextStepNode;
  try {
      // walk over the tree which expands the tree and uses a complete tree
      // range
      tree.walk(FacesContext.getCurrentInstance(), expandingDataVisitor, new CompleteTreeRange(), null, null);
    } catch (final IOException e) {
      if (LOG.isErrorEnabled()) {
        LOG.error(String.format("problem %s", e.getMessage()));

The tree walk method walks over the tree using my own data visitor and tree range. The tree range implementation tolds the tree to walk also over hidden nodes. You remember? The tree should expand all nodes to the selected node, also if the selected node is hidden.

The tree range implementation looks like:

public class CompleteTreeRange implements TreeRange {

   * {@inheritDoc}
  public boolean processChildren(final TreeRowKey rowKey) {
    return true;

   * {@inheritDoc}
  public boolean processNode(final TreeRowKey rowKey) {
    return true;

Now comes the hard stuff on my solution, the expandingDataVisitor:

public class ExpandingDataVisitor implements DataVisitor {
  public void process(final FacesContext theContext, final Object theRowKey, final Object theArgument)
      throws IOException {
    if (selectedNode.equals(tree.getRowData(theRowKey))) {
      tree.queueNodeExpand((TreeRowKey) tree.getParentRowKey(theRowKey));

You can queue node expanding with a tree rowKey to the node, which you want to expand. You don’t need to queue all nodes on the path. The queueNodeExpand method works fine with one rowkey. The row describes itself the complete path to the node. If you use standard jsf ID’s, a possible treeRowKey looks like “jsp123:jsp124:jsp125″ wich is the complete path to your node (row key).

You have to know, that you don’t want expand the selected node (this is in most cases a leafe). You want to expand the tree to the parent of the selected node.

Syndicated 2008-09-09 12:19:13 from waffel's Weblog

Reuse facelets xhtml files and taglibs from jar archives

I have asked myself, if it is possible to use facelets xhtml files and taglibs from a jar file instead from the whole web application.

The short anwser: Yes, it is possible ;-)

The facelets documentation gives a hint how to use the tag lib from a jar file. But you cannot found in the documentation, if it is possible also to use a xhtml file (referenced from the taglib for example). Of course facelets uses the same approach to load xhtml files from a jar file as for the tag library.

The follow tag lib definition is placed in my JAR project under /META-INF/myProject.taglib.xml

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE facelet-taglib PUBLIC
  "-//Sun Microsystems, Inc.//DTD Facelet Taglib 1.0//EN"





The select.xhtml file is placed in the same project under /META-INF/components/select.xhml and contains some facelets definitions (ui component with a selectbox fo example). The point is, that facelets searches the jar archive under the /META-INF directory for the xhtml file.

Now you can simple use the tag in you web application. You only need to include the jar file with the tag library and xhtml file in you web application classpath.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<jsp:root xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"

Syndicated 2008-06-25 14:47:15 from waffel's Weblog

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