When you wish to define an advanced distribution for your report, you can design the distribution by developing a distribution XML filer. In this file, you can specify the destination and format of output for each section of a report. In one distribution XML file, you can specify many different destinations, including custom (pluggable) destinations that you design (see Section 20.3.9, "destype").
Note:An example distribution XML file (
distribution.xml) is shipped with Oracle Reports in the
/samples/demodirectory which can now be downloaded from OTN at
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/reports/downloads/index.html. You can reuse this file for your own purposes so that you do not have to create one from scratch.
This chapter provides information on creating a distribution XML file and some example use cases. It includes the following main sections: