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How to write a custom evaluator for Share in Alfresco 4.2.2?

Question asked by Aleksey Bykov on Jan 3, 2018
Latest reply on Apr 30, 2018 by resplin

For example, I need the evaluator, which I could use to show the action. If the current user is the author of the document, then I'll show the action.

 

The project structure is presented below (alf221-action-share):

 

C:\EclipseWorkspaces\alfresco\alf221-action-share>tree /F
...
├───build
│   ├───classes
│   │   └───com
│   │       └───tkbbank
│   │           └───alfresco
│   │               └───alf221
│   │                   └───evaluators
│   │                           UsersCompareEvaluator.class
│   │
│   ├───dist
│   └───lib
│           alf221-action-share.jar

└───src
    └───main
        ├───com
        │   └───tkbbank
        │       └───alfresco
        │           └───alf221
        │               └───evaluators
        │                       UsersCompareEvaluator.java
        │
        └───resources
            ├───alfresco
            │   └───web-extension
            │       │   alf221-action-share-slingshot-application-context.x
            │       │
            │       └───messages
            │               alf221-action-share.properties
            │
            └───META-INF
                │   share-config-custom.xml
                │
                └───resources
                    └───components
                        └───documentlibrary
                            └───actions
                                    tkbbank-exclude-participant-16.png

 

In the UsersCompareEvaluator class, I'm just trying to determine the current user:

 

package com.tkbbank.alfresco.alf221.evaluators;

import org.alfresco.web.ui.common.component.evaluator.BaseEvaluator;
import org.springframework.extensions.surf.RequestContext;
import org.springframework.extensions.surf.support.ThreadLocalRequestContext;
import org.springframework.extensions.webscripts.connector.User;


public class UsersCompareEvaluator extends BaseEvaluator  {
     
     @Override
     public boolean evaluate() {
          RequestContext requestContext = ThreadLocalRequestContext.getRequestContext();
          User user = requestContext.getUser();
          
          System.out.println("CURRENT USER IS ... " + user.getName());

         return true;
     }
}

 

My alf221-action-share-slingshot-application-context.xml:

 

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<!DOCTYPE beans PUBLIC '-//SPRING//DTD BEAN//EN'
'http://www.springframework.org/dtd/spring-beans.dtd'>

<beans>

   <bean id="com.tkbbank.alf221-action-share.resources"
             class="org.springframework.extensions.surf.util.ResourceBundleBootstrapComponent">

      <property name="resourceBundles">
         <list>
              <value>alfresco.web-extension.messages.alf221-action-share</value>
         </list>
      </property>
   </bean>

     <bean id="evaluator.doclib.action.isDocumentOnApproval"
           parent="evaluator.doclib.metadata.value">

          <property name="accessor" value="node.properties.idocs:documentStatus" />
          <property name="comparator">
               <bean class="org.alfresco.web.evaluator.StringEqualsComparator">
                    <property name="value" value="onApproval" />
                </bean>
          </property>
     </bean>
     
     <bean id="evaluator.doclib.action.isCurrentUserAuthor"
           class="com.tkbbank.alfresco.alf221.evaluators.UsersCompareEvaluator" />

     
</beans>

 

My share-config-custom.xml:

 

<alfresco-config>

    <config evaluator="string-compare" condition="DocLibActions">
        <actions>
            <action id="tkbbank-exclude-participant"
                      type="javascript"
                      label="actions.tkbbank.exclude-participant"
                      icon="document-change-type">

                      
                <param name="function">onActionTkbFormDialog</param>
                <permissions>
                    <permission allow="true">Write</permission>
                </permissions>
                    <param name="itemKind">action</param>
                    <param name="itemId">exclude-participant</param>
                    <param name="mode">create</param>
                <param name="successMessage">message.exclude-participant.success</param>
                <param name="failureMessage">message.exclude-participant.failure</param>
                <evaluator>evaluator.doclib.action.isDocumentOnApproval</evaluator>
                <evaluator>evaluator.doclib.action.isCurrentUserAuthor</evaluator>
            </action>
        </actions>
          
        <actionGroups>
            <actionGroup id="document-details">
                <action index="500" id="tkbbank-exclude-participant" />
            </actionGroup>
        </actionGroups>
          
    </config>
   
</alfresco-config>

 

The jar-file I placed in the following path: /opt/tomcat7/webapps/share/WEB-INF/lib

 

Everything works perfectly, except the my custom evaluator. In this configuration, Share does not work... In the logs I see the following.

 

[aleksey@alfresco01 tomcat7]$ sudo vi share.log
...
Caused by: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/alfresco/web/ui/common/component/evaluator/BaseEvaluator
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass1(Native Method)
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass(ClassLoader.java:800)
        at java.security.SecureClassLoader.defineClass(SecureClassLoader.java:142)
        at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.findClassInternal(WebappClassLoader.java:2928)
        at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.findClass(WebappClassLoader.java:1174)
        at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.loadClass(WebappClassLoader.java:1669)
        at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.loadClass(WebappClassLoader.java:1547)
        at org.springframework.util.ClassUtils.forName(ClassUtils.java:257)
        at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.AbstractBeanDefinition.resolveBeanClass(AbstractBeanDefinition.java:408)
        at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.AbstractBeanFactory.doResolveBeanClass(AbstractBeanFactory.java:1271)
        at org.springframework.beans.factory.support.AbstractBeanFactory.resolveBeanClass(AbstractBeanFactory.java:1242)
        ... 22 more
Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.alfresco.web.ui.common.component.evaluator.BaseEvaluator
        at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.loadClass(WebappClassLoader.java:1702)
        at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.loadClass(WebappClassLoader.java:1547)
        ... 33 more

 

If in the evaluator I implement the ActionEvaluator interface and try to identify the current user as follows...

 

public class UsersCompareEvaluator implements ActionEvaluator  {
     
     private Map<Object, Object> registeredBeans =
          Context.getProcessEngineConfiguration().getBeans();
     private ServiceRegistry registry =
          (ServiceRegistry)registeredBeans.get(ActivitiConstants.SERVICE_REGISTRY_BEAN_KEY);
     private AuthenticationService authenticationService =
          registry.getAuthenticationService(); 
     
     @Override
     public boolean evaluate(Node node) {
          System.out.println("CURRENT USER IS ... " +
               authenticationService.getCurrentUserName());
          
          return true;
     }

     @Override
     public boolean evaluate(Object object) {
          if(object instanceof Node) {
               return evaluate((Node)object);
          }
          
          return false;
     }
}

 

...and put my jar file in the same place (/opt/tomcat7/webapps/share/WEB-INF/lib) - then I get the following exception:

 

...
Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.alfresco.web.action.ActionEvaluator
...

 

I tried to package my custom evaluator into the separate jar and place it here: /opt/tomcat7/webapps/alfresco/WEB-INF/lib But how can I refer to this evaluator from the Share?...

 

For example, I have a separate project (alf221-custom-evaluator):

 

C:\EclipseWorkspaces\alfresco\alf221-custom-evaluator>tree /F
...
└───src
    └───main
        ├───com
        │   └───tkbbank
        │       └───alfresco
        │           └───alf221
        │               └───evaluators
        │                       UsersCompareEvaluator.java
        │
        └───resources
            └───alfresco
                └───web-extension
                        alf221-custom-evaluator-slingshot-application-context.xml

 

In alf221-custom-evaluator-slingshot-application-context.xml I specify the following:

 

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<!DOCTYPE beans PUBLIC '-//SPRING//DTD BEAN//EN'
'http://www.springframework.org/dtd/spring-beans.dtd'>

<beans>
     <bean id="evaluator.doclib.action.runtime.user"
           class="com.tkbbank.alfresco.alf221.evaluators.UsersCompareEvaluator" />

</beans>                                        

 

Then, in the sharre-config-custom.xml that is placed in alf221-action-share, I specify the following:

 

...
<evaluator>evaluator.doclib.action.runtime.user</evaluator>
...

 

In this case I get the following warning message:

 

...
2018-01-03 12:10:59,956  WARN  [web.scripts.ActionEvaluatorHelper] [http-bio-8888-exec-8] Evaluator 'evaluator.doclib.action.runtime.user' not found.
...

 

And my custom evaluator does not work... How to write a custom evaluator for Share in Alfresco 4.2.2?

 

I would be very grateful for the information. Thanks to all.

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