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From "John E. Conlon" <>
Subject Re: ADS OSGI project
Date Mon, 03 Jul 2006 20:19:14 GMT
On Sun, 2006-07-02 at 12:33 +0200, Emmanuel Lecharny wrote:
> Hi list !
> I see that there are a lot of work going on about OSGI, and I have a few 
> suggestions and questions :
> 1) is it possible to have a kind of 'big picture' on what's is going on? 
> I do think that OSGI is a must-have for ADS, and I also do think that it 
> will have a big impact on code structure. Some kind of explanation could 
> help, at this point
Since I am only a user of ADS and OSGi, for the big OSGi/ADS picture
I'll defer to Enrique as he has done all the design and initial
implementation work on this effort to date. See
for Enrique's October 29, 2005 presentation on ApacheDS and OSGi.  You
will also find some of the excellent ApacheCon OSGi presentations that
are well worth viewing.

For any OSGi effort to move forward (and ADS is no exception) the OSGi
ideas of 
- Deployment Modules (aka OSGi bundles) and 
- Service dependencies 
will need to become more integral to the design, discussions,
implementation and building of the project and/or subprojects. What
follows hopefully provides some explanation about the initial ADS OSGi
efforts and will help to contribute to promoting those ideas in ADS.

ADS Projects
'How are ADS classes packaged, archived and shared as bundles within an
OSGi environment?' Although it only takes a few lines in a Java Jar's
Manifest to turn a standard Java Jar into an OSGi bundle, the main ADS
projects and subprojects have not as yet incorporated the additional
maven metadata necessary for creating OSGi super jar/bundles. In other
words - the main ADS projects and subprojects are building legacy java

Legacy Bundling a Generic Issue
The legacy jar Deployment issue is also being discussed on the felix-dev
under the Subject: 'OSGi Manifests in Maven JARs'.  Apparently Richard
Hall has requested Jason van Zyl of the maven team investigate
integrating the OSGi manifest tagging into the standard maven jar plugin
in order to automatically OSGize any jar built in maven. 

Migrating Legacy ADS Jars
Because each ADS jar was not initially created as an OSGi bundle, OSGi
bundles must be created in a separate project encapsulating the legacy
jar.  Additionally because multiple jars can be encapsulated the
question comes up as which collection of legacy jars makes sense to
encapsulate together. <Comment>I find this encapsulating and grouping of
legacy ADS jars to be the most brittle part of the initial OSGi

Initial ADS Library Bundles
Currently the maven-osgi-achetype (sic) and maven-osgi-plugins
(see /trunks/apacheds) are used to create ADS OSGi bundles by
encapsulating legacy ADS jars. If one looks at the maven pom.xml project
files in the sub directories of trunks/apacheds/osgi you will see that
Enrique has opted to bundle one or in most cases multiple ADS legacy
and/or third-party jars to create the OSGi bundles necessary to run an
ADS.   Some of these project create bundles that just share code
(sometimes called library bundles) other projects create OSGi Services
(published interfaces) that depend on the packages in the library jars,
and because ADS is of course a server some bundles create network

Putting it all together
Once all the separate project bundles are created they have to be
installed and started within an OSGi framework. This assembly process is
automated by the trunks/apacheds/osgi/server-main project. It pulls the
ADS osgi bundles out of the maven repository, adds the necessary OSGi
(felix) framework, and provides a startup script.

> 2) we may need to create a components into  JIRA for OSGI related 
> issues, because right now they are all pushed to DIRSERVER. May be a 

> 3) Is there somewhere we can find a line of code? I don't see any 
> sub-project into a branch or into sandbox.
Lots of lines of code. As mentioned above the bulk of the OSGi work is
in the trunks/apacheds/osgi but Enrique also has some sandbox projects
as well. (You may have seen some of my patches to configuration sandbox

Running ADS OSGi
There are two basic tasks necessary to bring up an ADS in OSGi. 

1. Main OSGi code is in the trunks/apacheds/osgi. You will have to build
the projects in this directory manually (mvn clean install in the
trunks/apacheds/osgi dir) as it is not called by the parent pom.xml in
trunks/apacheds. This will build and assemble all jars in

2. a. Change directories to the trunks/apacheds/osgi/server-main 
   b. as root (we're using port 389 as the LDAP )
   c.  run:

I have several JIRA patches outstanding for several of the OSGi bundles
that I don't believe were committed.  YMMV.


John Conlon

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