xsp

Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: 21 Nov 2004
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NAME

XSP - Mono ASP.NET Web Server  

SYNOPSIS

mono xsp.exe [options]

or

mono mod-mono-server.exe [options]  

DESCRIPTION

XSP and mod-mono-server are both hosts for ASP.NET-based applications.

If run as `xsp', the process provides a minimalistic web server which hosts the ASP.NET runtime and can be used to test and debug web applications that use the System.Web facilities in Mono. This server is most convenient for testing and running small sites, does not offer everything a production web server offers.

`mod-mono-server' is an ASP.NET runtime host that can communicate with another web server (at the time of this writing Apache 1.3 and Apache 2.0 were supported). This mechanism is better used for high-traffic servers or production systems, since it can integrate with the main HTTP server and leverage all of the optimizations and extensions of an existing server, while providing the ASP.NET runtime. You can choose the communication channel used between mod_mono and mod-mono-server. If you provide a --filename option, a unix socket is used, otherwise you can give --port to use a TCP socket.  

OPTIONS

--address addr
Sets the IP address to listen on. By default it's 0.0.0.0 for xsp and 127.0.0.1 for mod-mono-server. AppSettings key name: MonoServerAddress
--port PORT
Changes the default port where the XSP server will listen to requests. By default XSP listens on port 8080 and mod-mono-server has no default. AppSettings key name: MonoServerPort
--filename file (mod-mono-server only)
The unix socket file name to listen on. Default value: /tmp/mod_mono_server AppSettings key name: UnixSocketFileName
--root PATH
The root directory for XSP. The default is the directory where XSP is executed. The current directory will be changed to this one before creating any application. AppSettings key name: MonoServerRootDir
--appconfigfile FILENAME
Adds application definitions from the XML configuration file. See sample configuration file that comes with the server (sample.webapp) and WEBAPP FILE FORMAT below. AppSettings key name: MonoApplicationsConfigFile
--appconfigdir DIR
Adds application definitions from all XML files found in the specified directory DIR. Files must have '.webapp' extension. AppSettings key name: MonoApplicationsConfigDir
--applications APPS
A comma separated list of virtual directory and real directory for all the applications we want to manage with this server. The virtual and real dirs. are separated by a colon. The default value is '/:.'.
Some examples:
'/:.'
The virtual / is mapped to the current directory.
'/blog:../myblog'
The virtual /blog is mapped to ../myblog
'/:.,/blog:../myblog'
Two applications like the above ones are handled.
myhost.someprovider.net:/blog:../myblog
The virtual /blog at myhost.someprovider.net is mapped to ../myblog.
--master
This instance will be used to by mod_mono to create ASP.NET
applications on demand. If this option is provided, there is no need to provide a list of applications to start. This applies only to mod-mono-server.exe. --nonstop This applies only to xsp.exe: by default xsp will stop processing requests when the return key is pressed. Use this to avoid this behavior.
--https
Enables HTTPS support on the server, you must supply an X.509 certificate and a private key with either the --cert/--pkfile options or with the --p12file (which combines both the certificate and the private key into a single file).
To use you must first create an X.509 certificate for your server, for
example:
        $ makecert -r -eku 1.3.6.1.5.5.7.3.1 -n "CN=server" -p12 server.p12 s3kr3t
        Mono MakeCert - version 1.1.9.0
        X.509 Certificate Builder
        Copyright 2002, 2003 Motus Technologies. Copyright 2004-2005 Novell. BSD licensed.
        
        Success
Then you must pass the following flags to xsp:
        $ xsp --https --p12file server.p12 --pkpwd s3kr3t
This option is only valid for XSP. For mod_mono you should configure Apache for SSL/TLS.
--https-client-accept
Like --https this enables HTTPS support on the server. However this option also send an "invitation" to clients to provide client-certificates to authenticate themselves. Client are free to provide, or not, a client certificate. Web application can detect if a client certificate is used and react accordingly. Most web browser will not send a client certificate unless they have been explicitly requested to do so.
This option is only valid for XSP. For mod_mono you should configure Apache for SSL/TLS.
--https-client-require
Like --https this enables HTTPS support on the server. However this option also requires clients to use client-certificates to authenticate themselves. Client who do not provide client certificates will receive an error. Note that client may send an empty certificate structure so web application should check the certificate content.
This option is only valid for XSP. For mod_mono you should configure Apache for SSL/TLS.
--p12file FILENAME
Used to specify the PKCS#12 file to use. This file includes both the X.509 certificate and the private key required to encrypt the HTTP traffic.
This option is only valid for XSP. For mod_mono you should configure Apache for SSL/TLS.
--cert FILENAME
Used to specify the server X.509 certificate file. This is normally used with the --pkfile.
This option is only valid for XSP. For mod_mono you should configure Apache for SSL/TLS.
--pkfile FILENAME
Used to specify the path to the private keyfile. The PVK format isn't very secure and you should use the PKCS#12 format (--p12file option) to store new private keys.
This option is only valid for XSP. For mod_mono you should configure Apache for SSL/TLS.
--pkpwd PASSWORD
If your private key is password protected, PASSWORD is the password used to decote the private key. This option works for both PVK and PKCS#12 formats.
This option is only valid for XSP. For mod_mono you should configure Apache for SSL/TLS.
--protocol PROTOCOL
Specifies which protocols are available for encrypting the communications. The possible values are Default, Tls and Ssl3. Ssl2 isn't supported. The default value is "Default" which auto-detect the client protocol and adjust the server protocol accordingly.
This option is only valid for XSP. For mod_mono you should configure Apache for SSL/TLS.
--terminate (mod-mono-server only)
Gracefully terminates a running mod-mono-server instance. All other options but --filename or --address and --port" are ignored if this option is provided.
--version
Displays version information and exits.
--help
Shows the list of options and exits.
--verbose
Prints extra messages. Useful for debugging.
 

DEFAULT INDEX FILES

You can choose which files are considered as index using xsp.exe.config configuration file like this:

    <appSettings>
    <add key="MonoServerDefaultIndexFiles"
         value="index.aspx" />
    </appSettings>

By default, it has index.aspx, Default.aspx, default.aspx, index.html and index.htm. The order matters.

 

WEBAPP FILE FORMAT

The format of the .webapp files used for --appconfigfile and --appconfigdir is:

<apps>
<web-application>
        <name>{appname}</name>
        <vhost>{virtual host for application}</vhost>
        <vport>{port for the application}</vport>
        <vpath>{virtual directory in apache}</vpath>
        <path>{physical path to aspx files}</path>
        <!-- <enabled> is true by default -->
        <enabled>{true|false}</enabled>
</web-application>
</apps>

You can include any number of <web-application> nodes, one per ASP.NET application to run.

There's a sample.webapp file in the XSP samples directory.

 

AUTHORS

The Mono XSP server was written by Gonzalo Paniagua Javier (gonzalo@ximian.com).  

SEE ALSO

mono(1),dbsessmgr(1),asp-state(1),mod_mono(8),makecert(1)

For more information on creating certificates, see: http://pages.infinit.net/ctech/20050701-1048.html

System.Web, System.Web.Hosting namespaces.

http://www.asp.net is Microsoft's official site for ASP.NET  

MORE INFORMATION

The Mono project (http://www.go-mono.com) is a collaborative effort led by Novell (http://www.novell.com) to implement an open source version of the .NET Framework.


 

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NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
DEFAULT INDEX FILES
WEBAPP FILE FORMAT
AUTHORS
SEE ALSO
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