Generating your XPath key using the wcs_xpathkey utility

The XPath key generator command-line utility takes an XPath expression as input and generates an XPath key. This key is used to locate the XPATH_TO_SQL_STATEMENT template in the query template file.

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Note: The name of the XPath to SQL template is the same as the key for two-step queries. For single-step queries, it is a combination of the XPath key and the name of the access profile.
To generate your XPath key:


  1. Open a command line prompt and navigate to WCDE_installdir\bin.
  2. Run the following command, where MyXPath is your XPath expression:
    wcs_xpathkey MyXPath
    For example:
    wcs_xpathkey /CatalogEntry[(@catalogEntryTypeCode='ProductBean' or @catalogEntryTypeCode='ItemBean') and ParentCatalogGroupIdentifier[ExternalIdentifier[GroupIdentifier='Coffee Table']]]
    The output from this command would be:
    /CatalogEntry[(@catalogEntryTypeCode=) and ParentCatalogGroupIdentifier[ExternalIdentifier[GroupIdentifier=]]]