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Juli 27, 2017

calling NTLMv2 protected ASPX webservice with Spring Boot

Filed under: java,spring — Thomas Wabner @ 9:06 am

What a challenge. I tried to call a REST webservice from a ASPX website with my springboot application. The REST service only supports POST requests (I do not understand why, but this is maybe another story).

When I use the default spring RestTemplate to invoke a REST request I always get error 404 or 401 from the REST service. Doing the same with Chrome or IE the request works without any problem. So what is the difference?

It seems our browsers doing more than the spring RestTemplate. They are doing some roundtrips to handle NTLM authentication. The question is now: How can I do the same with spring?

The answer is fairly simple but I do not have found any official documentation about this. Simple do something like the following:

RestTemplate template = new RestTemplate();
// !!! We require this request to work with NTLMv2

The headForHeaders() method do the NTLMv2 authentication stuff. Any further requests using then the Ntlm auth header to talk with the ASPX service and they can then authenticate and invoke the requests.

For sure, you need general able to authenticate to the service. So check first with your browser if the requests really working for your windows user.

Januar 8, 2015

update wrong timestamp for a page in mediawiki

Filed under: administration — Thomas Wabner @ 4:54 pm

I had the problem, that one of my VMs, serving our wiki, got the wrong system date. The date was pointing to year 2018.

Some users of our wiki changed the content while the VM has the wrong date. After I see the problem I update the VM and re-connect it to NTP again and the time was corrected.

But, the paged changed in the the „wrong“ timeframe are stored with this wrong timeframe in the wiki database.

Now every call on recent changes shows the pages, changed in the wrong timeframe“ always at top (because of this future date).

Now I found a way to „fix“ this in the database. To do this, you need access to your wiki DB with RW rights. I have done this on mysql (but these SQL statements should also work on other database systems):

update revision set rev_timestamp=20150101000000 where rev_timestamp > 20150108115205;

update recentchanges set rc_timestamp = 20150101000000 where rc_timestamp > 20150108115205;

find and remove dead links in linux

Filed under: administration — Thomas Wabner @ 1:17 pm

I asked myself the question, what would be the best way under Linux to find and remove dead links?

Here is the short answer (only tested on bash):

find . -type l -exec sh -c "file -b {} | grep -q ^broken" \; -print | tr "\n" "" | xargs -0 rm

März 13, 2014

no running imapd / slapd under gentoo

Filed under: administration,webmaster — Thomas Wabner @ 2:46 pm

Today, I discovered that my mailserver was down on a root server (running gentoo). I tried to search why and whats the problem.

  1. I see error messages, that some processes cannot connect to ldap
  2. I tried to use phpldapadmin to check whats wrong. Here I got the next error: Fatal error: Cannot redeclare password_hash()
  3. I changed the used php version from php-5.5 to php-5.4 … phpldapadmin again works, but I cannot login
  4. I see imapd segmentation faults in dmesg in libwrappers …so I guess there is a problem with sys-apps/tcp-wrappers
  5. I rebuild tcp-wrappers, restarting nearly all processed from /etc/init.d without success
  6. I get deeper into the logfiles of my server (needed to take a look into the live logfiles (which logs all into one file, which is heavy under a root server with many hosted domains)
  7. I see an error, that some processes (one was also slapd) cannot read /etc/hosts.deny
  8. I see, that only root has the permission to read /etc/hosts.deny
  9. I change the permission to get all a read of this file
  10. Restarting slapd and all stuff works again … what a pain

Feels like one of my living years are gone … sometimes I love, but sometimes I hate gentoo.

I do not know who has changed the permissions on this file … but if I found he/it … *g*

September 7, 2013

no CSS in mediawiki anymore

Filed under: administration,webmaster — Thomas Wabner @ 5:22 pm
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After upgrading my gentoo system, I discovered a problem with one of my new mediawiki installations:

No CSS anymore!

That’s frustrating. Looking with my browser tools, I see, that the load.php from mediawiki returns nothing. Searching around and found only one place which helped:

https://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=64836 <– the bug entry on php.

Now I tried to downgrade my gentoo package sys-apps/file back to 5.11 and restarting my apache … viola … it works.

emerge =sys-apps/file-5.11

Now the load.php works again and it looks like, that this has nothing to do with mediawiki itself.

Februar 27, 2013

testing REST interface with Spring 3.2 and a session scoped bean

Filed under: java,spring — Thomas Wabner @ 8:00 pm
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There are some nice articles around the „spring 3.2 testing capabilities“ like the spring documentation itself, this blog and this blog.

I wanted to not only test one request/response action against my REST interface. I wanted to simulate and test more of a conversation as it typical happens in the UI.

Following REST interface I wanted to create and test:

public interface RESTCustomer {

method = RequestMethod.POST)
Customer create(@RequestParam("firstname") final String firstname,
@RequestParam("lastname") final String lastname);

method = RequestMethod.DELETE)
void delete(@RequestParam("id") final String... customerIds);

produces = MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON_VALUE,
method = RequestMethod.GET)
Collection<Customer> getAll();

value = "/update",
method = RequestMethod.POST)
Customer update(@RequestParam("id") final String id, @RequestParam("firstname") final String firstname);


Following test steps I had in mind, to test the create method:

  1. Get a list of all customers and remember the count
  2. Create a new customer
  3. Check, that the ID of the returning Customer was updated
  4. Get again a list of all customers
  5. Check the size of the customer list before and after creation … they should differ between one entry/li>

The new Spring Framework version 3.2 introduced some nice feature to do REST testing with minimal effort.

To test such conversion, you need beside the WebApplicationContext a MockHttpSession which has to be used between different mockMvc calls, on one test case.

The following base test structure is required:

  classes = {
public class RESTCustomerTest {
  private WebApplicationContext wac;

  MockHttpSession session;

  MockMvc mockMvc;

  ObjectMapper jsonObjectMapper;

  public void setup() {
    mockMvc = MockMvcBuilders.webAppContextSetup(wac).build();
    jsonObjectMapper = new ObjectMapper();

  public void testCreate() throws Exception {

Let assume, there is an implementation of the RESTCustomer service interface like this:

public class CustomerResource implements RESTCustomer {

  private final PlatformService service;

  public CustomerResource(final PlatformService service) {
    this.service = service;

  public Customer create(final String firstname, final String lastname) {
    return service.createCustomer(firstname, lastname);

  public Collection<Customer> getAll() {
    return service.getAllCustomers();


Assume also, that the autowired PlatformService is a Session scoped bean (somewhere configured inside the spring configuration).

Now our testing method can be like this:

  int countCustomers() throws Exception {
    final MvcResult mvcResult = mockMvc.perform(get("/customer").session(session).accept(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON))
    final Collection<Customer> customers = getRawObjects(mvcResult);
    return customers.size();

Collection<Customer> getRawObjects(final MvcResult mvcResult) throws Exception {
    return jsonObjectMapper.readValue(mvcResult.getResponse().getContentAsString(),
        new TypeReference<Collection<Customer>() {

Customer getRawObject(final MvcResult mvcResult) throws Exception {
    return jsonObjectMapper.readValue(mvcResult.getResponse().getContentAsString(),
        new TypeReference<Customer>() {

  public void testCreate() throws Exception {
    // get default customer list and count
    final int originalCustomerSize = countCustomers();

    // create new customer
    final MvcResult mvcResult = mockMvc
            post("/customer/?firstname={firstname}&lastname={lastname}","testFirstname", "testLastName").session(session).accept(
    final Customer customerObject = getRawObject(mvcResult);
    assertNotNull("id of new customer should not empty", customerObject.get("id"));
    assertEquals("newly firstname should match", "testFirstname", customerObject.get("firstname");

    // again get list of all customers and check, if one more is available
    assertEquals("after new customer was created, the size should be one more", originalCustomerSize + 1, countCustomers());

To get such conversation to work, you need to pass the session with .session(session) between the mockMvc calls. Else, every new mockMvc call creates a new session and your test fail.

REMEMBER: The trick is to pass the autowired MockHttpSession between the mock MVC requests.

Oktober 4, 2012

Januar 2, 2012

2011 in review

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas Wabner @ 9:08 pm

Die WordPress.com Statistikelfen fertigten einen Jahresbericht dieses Blogs für das Jahr 2011 an.

Hier ist eine Zusammenfassung:

Das Sydney Opera House bietet Platz für 2.700 Konzertbesucher. Dieses Blog wurde in 2011 etwa 30.000 mal besucht. Das entspräche etwa 11 ausverkauften Konzertveranstaltungen im Sydney Opera House.

Klicke hier um den vollständigen Bericht zu sehen.

epson perfection VT10 under gentoo

Filed under: administration — Thomas Wabner @ 3:22 pm
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Today I make my Epson scanner perfection VT10 running under gentoo.

What I did:

  1. Emerge the iscan packages:

    USE="X gimp jpeg png tiff -doc" emerge -av media-gfx/iscan
    emerge -av media-gfx/iscan-data
  2. Create a backup of the /etc/sane.dll/dll.conf and create a new one with only one line:

    mv /etc/sane.dll/dll.conf /etc/sane.dll/dll.conf.org
    echo "epkowa" >> /etc/sane.dll/dll.conf
  3. Changing the /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf configuration to match the Perfection VT10.

    changing/uncomment in /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf following lines (nothing more!):

    usb 0x04b8 0x012d

  4. Now I need some binaries for the scanner and some libs. They can be downloaded here:


  5. I opened the archive and extracted the libs libesint66* to /usr/lib/iscan and also the /usr/share/iscan/esfw66.bin
  6. Now I need to register the libraries and scanner binary to iscan:

    iscan-registry --add interpreter usb 0x04b8 0x012d /usr/lib/iscan/libesint66.so /usr/share/iscan/esfw66.bin
  7. The next step was to create a file called „interpreter“ in /usr/share/iscan-data/interpreter and adding the lib and binary:

    echo "interpreter usb 0x04b8 0x012d /usr/lib/iscan/libesint66 /usr/share/iscan/esfw66.bin" >> /usr/share/iscan-data/interpreter

After that, I was able to start iscan, select the first entry from the founded scanners and start to scan 🙂

März 28, 2011

Run eclipse RCP application via WebStart

Filed under: java — Thomas Wabner @ 7:07 pm
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The last days I need to create a small prototype to demonstrate how to start a eclipse RCP application via webstart. After reading many tutorials and tipps I have now a working setup which I want to share with you.

The main tutorial which I followed was the eclipse help itself. But there are some hidden points which are important to respect.

Lets start:

You need 4 Projects:

  • Eclipse RCP plugin
  • Feature for the plugin
  • Wrapping feature for webstart
  • entry or start JNLP file

At least you need an webserver which can deliver your files.

Create eclipse RCP plugin with a example RCP application provided by eclipse:

This plugin will provide the RCP application with a small demo UI. In a larger project you will normally have more than one plugin. But for demonstration proposed this would be enough.

  1. From the eclipse main menu, go to File > New > Project… (the New Project wizard opens), select Plugin-in Development > Plug-in Project
  2. Press Next > enter „org.test.webstart.demo.plugin“ as Project name
  3. Press Next > change the Version to „0.1.0“
  4. Press Next > select RCP application with an view > press Finish

At this point you should have a small RCP „application“ which can started from eclipse. Select the project root > select Run from the menu > select Run As > Eclipse Application. Now you should see the demo UI.

Next we need a Eclipse feature project which uses the plugin.

Create eclipse feature which contains the plugin and a reference to the eclipse rcp feature:

We need a feature which depends on the demo plugin and on the eclipse rcp feature. The dependency to the eclipse rcp feature is required to export later all required plugins and features for webstart, to run the complete rcp application.

  1. In the eclipse main menu go to File > New > Project… (the New Project Dialog opens), select Plug-in Development > Feature Project
  2. Press Next > enter „org.test.webstart.demo.feature“ as project name > change the Version to „0.1.0“
  3. Press Next > select „org.test.webstart.demo.plugin“ from plug-ins list > press Finish

The feature editor opens. Now you need to add the eclipse rcp feature as included feature. To do so select Included Feature tab in the feature editor > add „org.eclipse.rcp“ as feature. Save and close the feature editor.

This feature contains now all you need to run your application as a full featured eclipse RCP application. Now we need another wrapping feature to get the Webstart launcher on board.

Create wrapping feature for webstart

This feature will be used to export all required JAR files with the eclipse java webstart exporter into a local filesystem.

  1. From the eclipse main menu select File > New > Project… (the New Project Dialog opens), select Plug-in Development > Feature Project
  2. Press Next > enter „org.test.webstart.demo.wrapperfeature“ as project name > change the Version to „0.1.0“
  3. Press Finish. The feature editor opens.

Now we need a dependency to the equinox launcher plugin and include our own feature.

  1. In the feature editor select the Plug-ins tab > add „org.eclipse.equinox.launcher“.
  2. Select the Included Feature tab > add „org.test.webstart.demo.feature“ > save the editor.
  3. From the project root select the eclipse main menu > select File > Export… > select Deployable Features (the export wizard opens)
  4. Press Select All
  5. In the Desitination tab select a directory where you want to export the JAR and JNLP files.
  6. In the Options tab only select Package as individual JAR archives. If you select Generate metadata repository nothing will be exported!
  7. In the JAR Signing tab fill in all fields with the information from your keystore. If you do not have an keystore you can create your own by follow these instructions.
  8. In the Java Webstart tab select Create JNLP manifests for the JAR archives > add the Site URL like http://localhost:8080/demoui-webstart > set 1.5+ for the JRE version > pess Finish

Now you should have in your destination folder a folder structure like
– features
– plugins

Under the features folder you should have some JNLP files. Because of an error in the eclipse exporter you need to adjust the JNLP files. For example the JNLP file of the feature looks like:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<jnlp spec="1.0+" codebase="http://localhost:8080/demoui-webstart">
		<j2se version="1.5+" />
		<extension href="features/org.eclipse.rcp_3.5.2.R35x_v20100119-9SA0FxwFnoCU5XxWItFdXXb27BA6.jnlp" />
		<jar href="plugins/demo_rcp_0.1.0.201103241351.jar"/>

You need to change the tag and add the required vendor information. The resulting information tag should look like


You need to do this for all JNLP files in the features folder!

Create start.jnlp file as the entry point for the web application

As a final step you need to create your entry JNLP file which is the starting point of your webstart application. Here is an example for start.jnlp:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!-- user readable name of the application -->
    <title> Demo UI Application </title>  
    <!-- vendor name -->
    <!-- vendor homepage --> 
    <homepage href="http://www.me.org" /> 
    <!-- product description -->
  <!--request all permissions from the application. This does not change-->
  <!-- The name of the main class to execute. This does not change-->
  <application-desc main-class="org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.WebStartMain">
    <!-- Reference to the launcher jar. The version segment must be updated to the version being used-->
    <jar href="plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher_1.0.201.R35x_v20090715.jar"/>
    <!-- Reference to all the plugins and features constituting the application -->
    <!-- Here we are referring to the wrapper feature since it transitively refers to all the other plug-ins  necessary -->
        name="Wrapper feature"
    <!-- Information usually specified in the config.ini -->
        value="@user.home/Application Data/demoui-rcp"/>
        value="@user.home/Application Data/demoui-rcp"/>
    <!-- The id of the product to run, like found in the overview page of the product editor -->

  <!-- Indicate on a platform basis which JRE to use --> 
  <resources os="Windows">
    <j2se version="1.5+"/>
  <resources os="Linux">
    <j2se version="1.5+"/>

Some remarks according the main JNLP file:

You need to adjust (or take care) of the lines 04, 30, 36, 48.

Line 04 defines the codebase. Every time you want to deploy you application on an websever you need to adjust the codebase (in every JNLP file in your project!) to the web application location.

Line 30 depends on you eclipse distribution (I have used eclipse 3.5 with some updates). You have to check the right version in your plugins folder and update the start.jnlp file.

Line 36 defines the starting feature JNLP file. This file itself refers to the other JNLP files in the features folder (which is automatically done from the eclipse exporter). You need to adjust this line if your project name differs from this example.

Line 48 defines the entry point to your application. This is the application ID from the example plugin. You can find the ID if you open the plugin editor of your example plugin. To do so open your example plugin and open the plugin.xml file. Under the tab Overview you can find the ID: „org.demo.webstart.plugin“. Now you also need to open the tab Extensions. Under the Extensions Details you can find the ID of your application. The complete application ID which you need to refer in the JNLP file is then „org.demo.webstart.plugin.application“.

If you now put the main JNLP file and the plugins + features folders under an webserver which delivers the files from http://localhost:8080/demoui-webstart/ you can see your test application. You should have following structure:

– start.jnlp
|– features
|– plugins

Simple click following link: http://localhost:8080/demoui-webstart/start.jnlp

A small problem over which I stumbled while developing the example application:

If you start the application and you get from webstart an exception that plugin with *WTP* are not found, you can have a look into the JNLP files in the features folder. Some of these files define resources which are not exported by the eclipse webstart exporter. I have simple removed these resources from the JNLP files and it works.

I have created a Github repository with some code examples. You may clone my repo or send me patches with corrections.

Additional update:
I have now finished my github example and pushed also a complete working example. If you want to see how it works you can pull the https://github.com/waffel/Wordpress-examples/tree/master/org.waffel.worpress.demo.webstart.result project. With the help of maven you can simple start the application via

mvn jetty:run

This launches the jetty webserver and you can hit your browser to http://localhost:8080/demoui-webstart/start.jnlp

I have done all the mentioned steps from this blog for myself with a eclipse 3.7.

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