Local Development Configuration

Per directory you need to specify

  • Which database system / Data Source should be used ?
  • Where heitml should look for include files.
  • Allow the execution of shell scripts.

Database System

There are various options which have slightly different meanings based on which database system you are using. Please go to the Supported Platforms page to read about the details for your system.

In general set the option access to T to allow access to the Web server running heitml and write to T to allow writes to the database. NOTE however that some databases do not support read-only operation or contain loopholes that permit changes even in read-only mode. You should therefore never rely on this parameter securely blocking all database updates.

In the simplest case for ODBC on a Windows system you need to specify datasource, which must be the name of the ODBC system data source. See ODBC-32 for more information how to set up an ODBC system data source.

Additionally you need to set user and password if the database system supports user authentication (like the MS SQL Server). If the database system supports several databases per data source, specify the database name in the ODBC System Data Source Setup.

On UNIX, there is no datasource parameter but a dbhost parameter. If dbhost given, it must be the name of the host where the database server is running, otherwise it defaults to the local host. A non-default port on the host where the database server is running can be configured using the dbport parameter. If the database system supports several databases, use the dbname to specify the database. Parameters user and passwd work as on Windows.

Include Path

The include path is a list of directories. When heitml looks for an include file then heitml works through all of the directories in the path. The first directory that contains the desired include file is taken.

The include parameter takes a list of directory names separated by semicolons. Directory names can be relative to the directory where the configuration file is stored in. Take care when copying configuration files in conjunction with relative paths.

Secure Option

You can set the option secure to off to enable the < shell > tag and other heitml functions to access the file system. It is however useful to do that only if really needed.

UNIX File Permissions for RADpage

When using RADpage on UNIX, file permissions must be configured correctly. Otherwise, RADpage can not modify your files. Easiest (and default) way is that all files and directories are owned by the Web server user. For Apache, the Web server user is given by the user configuration directive in httpd.conf. If the value is set to nobody, it is a good idea to change this in the context of RADpage and create an own user id for Apache.

Alternatively, all directories containing .hei files must belong to the Web server group (the group configuration directive for Apache given in httpd.conf), and the directories must be group writeable. All users using RADpage must be members of this group and compeditperm must be set to g+w. Note that this setup allows anybody in the Web server group to change everything on the Web server. For finer grain access control see Service Providers.


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