Change Files configuration property values 

Configuration properties control how and when various Files operations take place. You can edit the properties to change the ways that Files operates.

Before you begin

To edit configuration files, use the IBM WAS wsadmin client. See Starting the wsadmin client for information about how to start the wsadmin command-line tool.

About this task

Configure Files using scripts accessed with the wsadmin client. These scripts use the AdminConfig object available in IBM WAS wsadmin client to interact with the Files configuration file. Changes to Files configuration settings require node synchronization and a restart of the Files server before they take effect.

To edit Files configuration properties...


  1. Start the wsadmin client.

  2. Start the Files Jython script interpreter.

    1. Access the Files configuration files:


        If you are asked to select a server, you can select any server.

    2. Check out the Files configuration files using the following command:

        FilesConfigService.checkOutConfig("<working_directory>", "<cell_name>")


        • <working_directory> is the temporary working directory to which the configuration XML and XSD files are copied. The files are kept in this working directory while you make changes to them.

            Note: AIX and Linux™ only: The directory must grant write permissions or the command will not run successfully.

        • <cell_name> is the name of the WAS cell hosting the IBM Connections application. This argument is required. If you do not know the cell name, you can determine it by typing the following command in the wsadmin command processor:

            print AdminControl.getCell()

        For example:

        FilesConfigService.checkOutConfig("/opt/my_temp_dir", "CommServerNode01Cell")

  3. Optional: To view a list of the valid Files configuration settings and their current values, use the following command:


      Here is some sample output from the FilesConfigService.showConfig() command:

      Files configuration properties:
         security.logout.href = /files/ibm_security_logout
         activeContentFilter.enabled = true
         cache.user.timeout = 43200000
         cache.http.publicContentMaxAgeInSecs = 604800
         db.dialect = DB2

  4. Some properties must be edited using the wsadmin client; others can only be edited by editing the configuration XML file directly. To change a Files configuration setting, do one of the following:

    • To edit a property using the wsadmin client, use the following command:

        FilesConfigService.updateConfig("<property>", "<value>")

        where <property> is one of the editable Files configuration properties and <value> is the new value with which you want to set that property. See Files configuration properties for a complete list of editable properties. For example:

        FilesConfigService.updateConfig("file.versioning.enabled", "false")

    • To edit the value of a property in a configuration file directly, from the temporary directory to which you checked it out, open the file in a text editor, and then make your changes.

  5. Optional: Repeat step 4 for each single-value property setting that you want to change.

  6. Optional: After updating the Files properties with new values, use the FilesConfigService.showConfig() command to display the list of properties and their updated values. These are the values that will be checked in with the FilesConfigService.checkInConfig() command.

What to do next

You must check the configuration files back in after making changes, and they must be checked in during the same wsadmin session in which they were checked out for the changes to take effect. See the topic Apply Files property changes for details.

Parent topic

Administer Files

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