Frequently Asked Questions


I cannot logon to cattaDoc

When I logon to cattaDoc, it responds with "Invalid username / password combination".

Possible causes
Either your username is wrong, or your password is wrong, or both.

Check the username. It is not case-sensitive, so "erik" and "Erik" and "ERIK" are equally valid.

However, passwords are case-sensitive, so check that Caps Lock is not accidentally on when it is supposed to be off.


Some of the cattaDoc screens are not displayed

When I try to copy (download) a document from cattaDoc, I never get to the download screen. Why not?

Possible cause
The download screen in the Copy and Check out document functions opens as a separate browser window, because this is the only reliable way to invoke the download function in most of today's browsers, including Internet Explorer and Mozilla. If you have installed a pop-up stopper (like I have myself), it will prevent the new browser window from being displayed.

Tell your pop-up stopper to allow site popups - or whatever it is called in your pop-up stopper software.


Cannot return to search list

When I search a document, click on one found item and then discover that this document was not the right one, I can't go back to the list of found documents, but have to go through the whole search mask again to try again with the next document.

That is the way cattaDoc works for the time being when going from one framed view, the search screen, to another framed view, the book display.

Right now, there is no solution to this problem. I admit it can be annoying. There is, however, a workaround when you are not sure if it is the correct document you are clicking at in the search screen: Right-click on the document link in the search screen and select "Open in new window". This will open the book display in a new browser window while keeping the search screen with all your search results onscreen and available for a new selection.


Kicks me back to the logon screen

Sometimes when I go to add a company or user or project, when I hit the save button cattaDoc kicks me back to the login screen. Any ideas what would cause this?

The problem is probably caused by a timeout. The cattaDoc session cookie expires after a number of minutes defined by the global variable $maxInactivity in system/cdMaxInact.php which by default is only 20 minutes. This session cookie is only renewed when you enter the search page.

Try to set $maxInactivity to a higher value, e.g. 60 (one hour) or even higher, depending on your own judgement.


Cannot save text in text fields

When I try to save a longer text from description fields, the text is lost, nothing is saved and the field is left blank.

This problem can be caused by the Suhosin addon to PHP, the socalled hardened PHP. Suhosin is a protection system for PHP installations, and it has a default max value of 512 for GET length. Check for something like "ALERT - configured GET variable value length limit exceeded - dropped variable 'dDesc'" in your web server's error log file.

Increase the GET max value length by setting the parameter suhosin.get.max_value_length = 65000 or another value larger than the default 512. This is done in the PHP.INI configuration file - or sometimes in suhosin.ini which is called by PHP.INI.


Fatal error first time I run cattaDoc after installation

I have installed cattaDoc, but it will not run. It reports "Fatal error: Call to undefined function _()" or "Fatal error: Call to undefined function bindtextdomain()".

Both the undefined functions - _() and bindtextdomain() - are PHP gettext functions. Probably, gettext is not installed (correctly). You can verify your PHP installation by running a PHP file with the following content: <?php phpinfo(); ?>

Look for the gettext section which shall report GetTest Support: Enabled.

Please read the PHP requirements.


Don't know computer name

In the cattaDoc configuration file system/ I have to enter the computername hosting cattaDoc in CDHOSTNAME. But I don't know the computername. My cattaDoc is hosted at another company.

Computer name is mainly used for logging purposes in cattaDoc.

You can define CDHOSTNAME with any value you like, e.g. "MycattaDoc".



3 comments for this page

3 dwi (jakarta - indonesia) wrote 2016-05-13 03:55:22 :

logon error

cannot logon to cattadoc with default username and password

2 Erik Maaløe (Copenhagen - Denmark) wrote 2009-08-06 15:58:38 :

The default username/password
The default username and password for cattaDoc is cdadmin/cdadmin.

1 Mrinal (New Delhi - India) wrote 2009-08-06 12:27:59 :

default login
what is default login for cattaDoc.

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