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In a JNLP file, the codebase is an optional parameter to the
<jnlp> tag. It is used both to locate resources
described in that JNLP file, as well as to find the JNLP file
itself. For technical reasons, Java Web Start is not able to
refresh the contents of the JNLP file from the server unless an
absolute codebase is specified.
In the new Java Plug-in introduced in the Java SE 6 update 10 release, a codebase is always provided by the browser, either because it was explicitly specified, or implicitly obtained from the location of the HTML document. This allows relative URLs to be used in JNLP files, which is very useful for moving an entire tree of content from one server to another.
JNLP files reference other JNLP files in a tree structure. The
root JNLP file for a JNLP applet is referenced by an
<applet> tag. The applet tag's codebase helps
define the location of the root JNLP file.
The rules for codebase computation are as follows:
In simple Java terms, this can be expressed as
URL new_codebase = new URL(current_jnlp_dir, current_jnlp_codebase);
This codebase computation is not an extension of JSR-56. JSR-56 does not restrict the codebase to be absolute, and therefore it may be relative.
this JNLP's location: http://someserver.example.com/this.jnlp this JNLP's codebase: http://www.example.com/test/ resulting codebase for parsing this JNLP: http://www.example.com/test/
this JNLP's location: http://www.example.com/test2/this.jnlp this JNLP's codebase: <none> resulting codebase for parsing this JNLP: http://www.example.com/test2/
this JNLP's location: http://www.example.com/this.jnlp this JNLP's codebase: codebasedir resulting codebase for parsing this JNLP: http://www.example.com/codebasedir
Relative paths are used to refer to each nested JNLP, just as in a tree of HTML files.
www.example.com/html/my_applet.html refers to: my_applet.jnlp codebase: www.example.com/html my_applet.jnlp: codebase not specified inherits "www.example.com/html" references JNLP extension "jogl/jogl.jnlp" jogl/ jogl.jnlp codebase not specified inherits "www.example.com/html/jogl" (the directory containing jogl.jnlp) references gluegen-rt/gluegen-rt.jnlp gluegen-rt/ gluegen-rt.jnlp codebase not specified inherits "www.example.com/html/jogl/gluegen-rt" (the directory containing gluegen-rt.jnlp)
We recommend either:
<applet>tag to implicitly specify the codebase.