For many development environments, it often makes sense to create the content of repository items directly on a file system, then load those items into an Oracle ATG Web Commerce repository. The Oracle ATG Web Commerce Repository Loader provides a flexible way to take files that are stored in a file system, convert them into repository items, and load the items into the repository.

The Repository Loader can load into an SQL repository HTML files, XML files, and binary media such as image or audio files. The Repository Loader can transform files into XML files, then transform the XML files into repository items.

You can configure the Repository Loader to perform the load operation in two ways:

Scanning the file system requires less administrative effort; using a manifest file incurs less system overhead. The number of files to scan and load generally determines which option is best.

This chapter includes the following sections: