Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.9 Administrator's Configuration File Reference

Editing obj.conf

Be very careful when editing this file. Simple mistakes can make the server fail to start or operate correctly.

Order of Directives

The order of directives is important, because the server executes them in the order in which they appear in obj.conf. The outcome of some directives affects the execution of other directives.

For PathCheck directives, the order within the PathCheck section is not so important because the server executes all PathCheck directives. However, the order within the ObjectType section is very important, because if an ObjectType directive sets an attribute value, no other ObjectType directive can change that value. For example, if the default ObjectType directives are listed in the following order (which is the incorrect way), every request will have its type value set to text/plain, and the server will not have a chance to set the type according to the extension of the requested resource.

ObjectType fn="force-type" type="text/plain"
ObjectType fn="type-by-extension"

Similarly, the order of directives in the Service section is very important. The server executes the first Service directive that matches the current request and does not execute the others.


The number and names of parameters depend on the function. The order of parameters on the line is not important.

Case Sensitivity

Items in the obj.conf file are case-sensitive including function names, parameter names, parameter values, and path names.


The C language allows function names to be composed only of letters, digits, and underscores. You may use the hyphen (-) character in the configuration file in place of underscore (_) for your C code function names. This is only true for function names.

Quotation Marks

Quotation marks (“) are only required around the value strings when there is a space in the string. Otherwise, they are optional. Each open quotation mark must be matched by a closed quotation mark.


Line Continuation

A long line may be continued on the next line by beginning the next line with a space or tab.

Path Names

Always use forward slashes (/) rather than backslashes (\) in path names on the Windows platform. A backslash escapes the next character.


Comments begin with a pound (#) sign. If you manually add comments to obj.conf, then use the Admin Console or CLI to make changes to your server, your comments are overwritten when obj.conf is updated.