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From Marcel Offermans <>
Subject Re: Is there a configuration resourceprocessor?
Date Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:11:10 GMT
Hello Bram,

On 18 Aug 2011, at 21:13 , Bram de Kruijff wrote:

> a couple more notes/questions on the configuration mechanism.
> 1) Seems that (at least) using the REST api I am required to set
> "processorPid" : "org.osgi.deployment.rp.autoconf". Without it the
> artifact will be created, but once associated to a target things fail
> (exception below). From an api user perspective this feels
> inconsistent (as it is different form bundles where you can leave it
> empty or commit it altogether) and/or at least I'd expect an error on
> creation because it apparently is required.

Here I can safely say I was not done yet with the REST API, and I agree we could help the
user a bit more!

> From an implementation
> perspective I am wondering why it needs to be specified at all as the
> helpers map mimetypes to processors anyway.

I'd have to take a closer look to see why we did this. Perhaps Angelo remembers? :)

> Server side logged exception when leaving the attribute empty string:
> (note the empty string in the message ;)
> [Warn ] [012]org.apache.ace.client.repository.stateful.StatefulGatewayRepository;org.osgi.service.event.EventHandler:
> EventAdmin: Exception during event dispatc
> h [org.osgi.service.event.Event
> [topic=org/apache/ace/client/repository/public/Group2LicenseAssociation/ADDED]
> | [org.apache.ace.client.repository.stateful.Stat
> efulGatewayRepository, org.osgi.service.event.EventHandler] |
> Bundle(org.apache.ace.client.repository.impl [12])]
> java.lang.IllegalStateException: Unable to create deployment version:
> there is no resource processing bundle available that publishes
>        at org.apache.ace.client.repository.stateful.impl.StatefulGatewayRepositoryImpl.getNecessaryDeploymentArtifacts(
> Server side logged exception when omitting the attribute:
> g! java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Neither the key nor the value
> should be null.[Warn ]
> [012]org.apache.ace.client.repository.stateful.StatefulGatewayReposi
> tory;org.osgi.service.event.EventHandler: EventAdmin: Exception during
> event dispatch [org.osgi.service.event.Event
> [topic=org/apache/ace/client/repository/publ
> ic/Group2LicenseAssociation/ADDED] |
> [org.apache.ace.client.repository.stateful.StatefulGatewayRepository,
> org.osgi.service.event.EventHandler] | Bundle(org.apa
> che.ace.client.repository.impl [12])]
>        at org.apache.ace.client.repository.impl.DeploymentArtifactImpl.addDirective(

Point taken, we can make this a lot less cryptic!

> 2) The velocity based properties substituion in metatype works once
> you find out you need to wrap the in "${context.<tag>}". Documenting
> this will save a lot of people a lot of searching and frustration ;)
> As of yet I am unclear whether I can use the more powerful stuff such
> as "foreach( $license in $gateway.children)" as described at
>, but from the
> implementation I guess not?

Agreed, part of that document is still "wishful thinking". It needs an update. Do you need
the "more powerful stuff"?

> Furthermote I am wondering about why velocity is used at all. The
> metatype provides us with declarative attributes descriptions that
> allows UIs to provide appropriate input fields (eg felix webconsole) .
> It could allow webui for example to spawn a "specify required missing
> attributes" dialog upon association to a target. The velocity model is
> non declarative making this stuff harder?

There are a couple of reasons why we used Velocity for this:

1) Not every bundle that has configuration data uses the metatype specification, so we cannot
rely exclusively on it.
2) When we implemented this, webconsole did not exist yet, and I had not seen many people
use metatype.

I do think it's a nice idea to add support for metatype to allow you to create configurations
for the bundles you want to deploy. I don't see how we can ever determine that if you associate
a bundle to a target that nobody already specifies properties for a bundle, so I don't think
we can spawn a dialog when you associate a bundle with a target. However, we can recognize
that a bundle has static metatype information associated with it, and we can create a dialog
to provide that data and store it in the OBR so you can deploy it alongside the bundle.

Greetings, Marcel

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