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Blaine McNutt (rbmcnutt)Jun 23, 2009 12:19 pm 
G. Ken HolmanJun 23, 2009 12:29 pm 
Blaine McNutt (rbmcnutt)Jun 23, 2009 1:09 pm 
Michael KayJun 23, 2009 2:57 pm 
Ganesh Babu NJun 23, 2009 9:54 pm 
Michael KayJun 24, 2009 12:10 am 
Subject:RE: [xsl] Calling a Java extension from XSLT using Saxon B
From:Michael Kay (
Date:Jun 23, 2009 2:57:42 pm

It's always useful to use the -TJ option when debugging this kind of problem.

I think your problem is that you used the -jar option on the command line. This causes the classpath to be ignored. You need to use the

java -cp ... net.sf.saxon.Transform

way of invoking the transformation.

I'm afraid this is an elephant trap that many people fall into. However prominently I put the warnings in the documentation, they still fall in.

Incidentally, questions about specific XSLT products are best asked on a product specific list. For Saxon that's the saxon-help list which you can find via the saxon project on SourceForge.


-----Original Message----- From: Blaine McNutt (rbmcnutt) [] Sent: 23 June 2009 20:20 To: Subject: [xsl] Calling a Java extension from XSLT using Saxon B

I am not a Java programmer, but I would like to use an extension to check for the existence of an image file referenced by an XML file (as I believe that is the only way to check for the existence of a non-XML file). This topic has been discussed a lot on various aliases, and despite my best efforts, I'm unable to unravel the mystery. 

I've included what I believe to be relevant information.

Error Message:

-------------- Error at xsl:value-of on line 15 column 48 of nxs-test-image-exists.xsl:   XPST0017: XPath syntax error at char 20 on line 15 in {nxs:fileExist(@osrc)}:     Cannot find a matching 1-argument function named {java:FileExist}fileExist() Failed to compile stylesheet. 1 error detected.

Saxon-B 9.1.7 J stored in xmlsrc/xTools/saxon9.


Java program (compiled and the FileExist.class file stored in xmlsrc/xTools/saxon9/classes)

/* Source: */


public class FileExist {

    private static boolean exist;

    public static boolean fileExist(String myfile) {

        exist = new File(myfile).exists();

        return exist;

    } }

XML Snippet for img element


... <img osrc="../../images/1982.jpg" />




<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<xsl:stylesheet version="2.0"                 xmlns:xsl=""                 xmlns:nxs="java:FileExist">

<xsl:output method="xml"/>

<xsl:template match="/">                 <xsl:apply-templates /> </xsl:template>

<xsl:template match="img">                 <xsl:value-of select="nxs:fileExist(@osrc)" /> </xsl:template>      </xsl:stylesheet>

Korn Shell script/command line call:


# define saxon command line saxon="java -classpath xTools/saxon9/classes; -jar -Xmx1G xTools/saxon9/saxon9.jar -tree:tiny -dtd:off -ext:on " # call transform $saxon deliverables/help/helpFile.xml   xslt/nxs-test-image-exists.xsl > imageerror.xml

Thank you for any insights you might offer.