Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.9 Administrator's Configuration File Reference


This Configuration File Reference discusses the purpose and use of the configuration files for Oracle iPlanet Web Server (Web Server), including server.xml, magnus.conf, obj.conf, and mime.types. This document provides a comprehensive list of the elements and directives in these configuration files.

The following topics are addressed here:

Who Should Use This Book

The intended audience for this document is the person who administers and maintains Web Server.

This document assumes you are familiar with the following topics:

Web Server Documentation Set

The Web Server documentation set describes how to install and administer the Web Server. The URL for Web Server documentation is

For an introduction to Web Server, refer to the books in the order in which they are listed in the following table.

Table P–1 Web Server Documentation

Document Title 


Documentation Center

Web Server documentation topics organized by tasks and subject 

Release Notes

  • Late-breaking information about the software and documentation

  • Supported platforms and patch requirements for installing Web Server

Installation and Migration Guide

Performing installation and migration tasks: 

  • Installing Web Server and its various components

  • Migrating data from Sun ONE Web Server 6.0 or Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 to Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0

Administrator’s Guide

Performing the following administration tasks: 

  • Using the Administration and command-line interfaces

  • Configuring server preferences

  • Using server instances

  • Monitoring and logging server activity

  • Using certificates and public key cryptography to secure the server

  • Configuring access control to secure the server

  • Using Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) security features

  • Deploying applications

  • Managing virtual servers

  • Defining server workload and sizing the system to meet performance needs

  • Searching the contents and attributes of server documents, and creating a text search interface

  • Configuring the server for content compression

  • Configuring the server for web publishing and content authoring using WebDAV

Developer’s Guide

Using programming technologies and APIs to do the following: 

  • Extend and modify Web Server

  • Dynamically generate content in response to client requests and modify the content of the server

NSAPI Developer’s Guide

Creating custom Netscape Server Application Programmer’s Interface (NSAPI) plug-ins 

Developer’s Guide to Java Web Applications

Implementing Java Servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology in Web Server 

Administrator’s Configuration File Reference

Editing configuration files 

Performance Tuning, Sizing, and Scaling Guide

Tuning Web Server to optimize performance 

Troubleshooting Guide

Troubleshooting Web Server 

CLI Reference Manual

Administration commands that allow you to administer the Web Server through the CLI  

Documentation Conventions

This section describes the following conventions used in Web Server documentation:

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes that are used in this book.

Table P–2 Typographic Conventions





The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



A placeholder to be replaced with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized (note that some emphasized items appear bold online) 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Symbol Conventions

The following table explains symbols that might be used in this book.

Table P–3 Symbol Conventions





[ ]

Contains optional arguments and command options. 

ls [-l]

The -l option is not required.

{ | }

Contains a set of choices for a required command option. 

-d {y|n}

The -d option requires that you use either the y argument or the n argument.

${ }

Indicates a variable reference. 


References the value of the com.sun.javaRoot variable.

Joins simultaneous multiple keystrokes. 


Press the Control key while you press the A key. 

Joins consecutive multiple keystrokes. 


Press the Control key, release it, and then press the subsequent keys. 


Indicates menu item selection in a graphical user interface. 

File -> New -> Templates 

From the File menu, choose New. From the New submenu, choose Templates. 

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows default system prompts and superuser prompts.

Table P–4 Shell Prompts



C shell on UNIX and Linux systems 


C shell superuser on UNIX and Linux systems 


Bourne shell and Korn shell on UNIX and Linux systems 


Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser on UNIX and Linux systems 


Default Paths and File Names

The following tables describe the default paths and file names used in Web Server documentation.

Table P–5 Default Paths and File Names



Default Value 


Represents the base installation directory for Web Server. 

Installation as the root user on the Solaris, Linux, AIX, and HP-UX platforms:


Installation as a non-root user on the Solaris, Linux, AIX, and HP-UX platforms:  


All installations on the Windows platform:  

SystemDrive:\Program Files\Oracle\Webserver7


Directory that contains the instance-specific subdirectories. 

For all installations, the same as install-dir.

The following table shows the default paths and file names for Web Server when installed as a component of Sun Java Enterprise System (Java ES).

Table P–6 Default Paths and File Names for Java ES Installations



Default Value 


Represents the base installation directory for Web Server. 

On the Solaris platform: 


On the Linux and HP-UX platforms: 


On the Windows platform: 

SystemDrive:\Program Files\Sun\JavaES5\WebServer7


Directory that contains the instance-specific subdirectories. 

On the Solaris platform:  


On the Linux and HP-UX platforms:  


On the Windows platform:  

SystemDrive:\Program Files\Sun\JavaES5\WebServer7

Documentation, Support, and Training

The Oracle web site provides information about the following additional resources:

Searching Oracle Product Documentation

Besides searching Oracle product documentation from the web site, you can use a search engine by typing the following syntax in the search field:


For example, to search for “proxy,” type the following:


To include other Oracle web sites in your search (for example,,, and, use in place of in the search field.

Third-Party Web Site References

Third-party URLs are referenced in this document and provide additional, related information.

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