Various ramblings-on, mostly about Red5

01 Oct 08 Accessing parameters

I recall seeing a question from a user about accessing servlet parameters from their Red5 application, so I have created a small demo which shows how to not only access sevlet parameters from Red5 apps but the other way around as well.

Retrieve a servlet context parameter from inside a Red5 application (AppContext -> Servlet)

1. Grab a reference to the application context

ApplicationContext appCtx = getContext().getApplicationContext();

2. Get the servlet context

ServletContext ctx = ((XmlWebApplicationContext) appCtx).getServletContext();

3. Get the context parameter

String param = ctx.getInitParameter("myparam");

Retrieve an application context parameter from a inside a servlet (Servlet -> AppContext)

1. Get the servlet context

ServletContext ctx = getServletContext();

2. Grab a reference to the application context

ApplicationContext appCtx = ctx.getAttribute(WebApplicationContext.ROOT_WEB_APPLICATION_CONTEXT_ATTRIBUTE);

3. Get the bean holding the parameter

MyBean bean = appCtx.getBean("mybean");
String param = bean.getParameter("myparam");

Sample project files:


Unzip the demo and create a new directory named parameterdemo in your red5/webapps directory, then restart your server.

Open your browser and go here: http://localhost/parameterdemo/myservlet?paramName=myparam

You should see “Hello World”

To test the Red5 application you will need to create a Flex or Flash application that connects to: rtmp://localhost/parameterdemo

Then simply call “getParameter” passing a parameter name you want the value of. The name must match a context param in the web.xml file.

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01 Oct 08 Red5 Admin

I just spent many hours trying to get the Admin (demo) application working properly; it was quite painful. Trying to get JNDI and Spring to cooperate in an Embedded Tomcat instance is not what I call fun, but I have it working alright for now. There still seem to be some underlying classloader issues in the server, because I cannot self-contain the web applications. No matter how I configure the server or application, there are always jars that must be in the shared lib directory; if anyone has any experience with this I would love to hear it.  So without further rambling, here are the steps to take to get it working:

1. Obtain the admin war or use my archive

2. Unzip the archive into the webapps directory (red5/webapps/admin)

3. Move the following jars to your shared lib directory (red5/lib)

  • derby-
  • jasper-el-6.0.18.jar
  • el-api.jar
  • simple-jndi-
  • spring-jdbc-2.5.5.jar
  • spring-orm-2.5.5.jar
  • spring-tx-2.5.5.jar

4. Restart Red5

5. Go to http://localhost:5080/admin/register.html to add new users

I hope this helps those of you new to red5, since I know it can be difficult to get things going at times. :)

Here is my test version zipped for your convenience: (1.02Mb)

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18 Sep 08 Logging work-around

I have given up waiting for someone to claim the bounty or produce a fix for the web context logger issue. After much trouble tracking everything down, I have finally “fixed” the logging for web contexts, that is for those of you using the bootstrap method of server start up. The fixed revision is 3068 and its a little rough; meaning I still need to do bit of refactoring. I just wanted to let you all know.

Part 1

Here is what you have to put in your web.xml for each web application to get an individual logger context:



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