Newbie question

  • Anonymous - 2012-02-17

    I installed ovaldi- version on windows. I am not seeing definitions.xml on the folder where ovaldi.exe. I am not sure it is bug or i am making a mistake. Should i install the version/build of OVAL interpreter ? Please advice.

    I ran the command

    got the output as ovaldi.ext -m

    OVAL Definition Interpreter
    Version: 5.10.1 Build: 1
    Build date: Jan 27 2012 20:00:45
    Copyright (C) 2002-2012 - The MITRE Corporation

    Start Time: Thu Feb 16 22:18:29 2012

    ** parsing definitions.xml file.
        - validating xml schema.

    2012-02-16T22:18:30 : FATAL : Error while parsing xml file:
    Severity: Fatal Error
    Message: An exception occurred! Type:RuntimeException, Message:The primary document entity could not be opened. Id=D:\Work\OVAL\Interpreter\ovaldi-
    Line 0
    At char 0

  • Danny Haynes

    Danny Haynes - 2012-08-14

    Sorry, it looks like we missed this one. 

    The problem you are encountering is because you have not specified an OVAL Definitions document using the "-o" command line option and it is looking for "definitions.xml" which does not actually exist as part of the OVAL Interpreter install which is why it is not finding it.  You will need to download an OVAL Definitions document to run in the OVAL Interpreter.  You can download OVAL Definitions documents from either the OVAL Repository ( or from one of the other repositories of OVAL content ( 

    I hope this helps.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.




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