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From Matthew Bishop <>
Subject Re: Where does Ace server store everything?
Date Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:15:18 GMT
Hello Marcel,

Thanks for the quick reply. What I am really looking for is a declarative
way to express every bundle and configuration in a distribution, but in a
way that can be checked into source control and diffed for changes over

Ideally this expression (files) could be pushed to a target instance which
would trigger the fetching of missing resources and the configuration of
the instance to match.

It looks like Ace can manage the latter part of this just fine, but the
first part (declarative distribution) is what is missing. We don't want
manage server configurations by hand any more than we want to build WAR
files by hand.

On Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM, Marcel Offermans <> wrote:

> Hello Matthew,
> On Aug 6, 2013, at 21:50 PM, Matthew Bishop <> wrote:
> > I just started looking into Ace and have set up several artifacts,
> features
> > and distributions using the web UI. I have added a target, then Stored
> > everything.
> > Next I want to see what ace stores on disk. The reason for this is I want
> > to know how declarative it is, and if the saved data can be generated
> from
> > some way other than the API and the UI.
> > So where are the definitions stored? I cannot locate them anywhere, and
> > before I download the source and start spelunking I wanted to ask the
> group.
> The data is stored in the bundle cache. More specifically, in the bundle
> cache of the repository implementation (org.apache.ace.repository.impl). It
> is possible to locate this cache on disk, and you will find binary blobs
> there. They are gzip'ed, and if you unpack them you will discover XML data.
> In theory, you can edit that data directly, but I would strongly
> discourage that as this is an internal format that we have and in the
> future will change if necessary. Really your best bet is to manipulate this
> data through one of the three clients we have:
>  - Web UI (you already stated you don't want to use that)
>  - REST client API (a set of REST endpoints)
>  - GoGo Shell client API (a set of commands for the built-in GoGo shell)
> All of these build on a set of Java Client APIs.
> If you want some kind of declarative format for specifying the data you
> want to put in ACE, my suggestion would be to define such a format and then
> write some code to take that format and put it in ACE using the Java client
> API (probably taking one of the three existing clients as an example).
> However, perhaps you should explain your use case a bit more before I
> start giving the wrong advice. :)
> Greetings, Marcel

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