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Subject [CONF] Apache Felix > Apache Felix File Install
Date Tue, 04 Jan 2011 21:17:00 GMT
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    <h2><a href="https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/FELIX/Apache+Felix+File+Install">Apache
Felix File Install</a></h2>
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        <h1><a name="ApacheFelixFileInstall-ApacheFelixFileInstall"></a>Apache
Felix File Install</h1>

<p>File Install is a directory based OSGi management agent. It uses a directory in the
file system to install and start a bundle when it is first placed there. It updates the bundle
when you update the bundle file in the directory and, when the file is deleted, it will stop
and uninstall the bundle.</p>

<p>File Install can do the same for configuration configuration files. This surprisingly
simple bundle is very powerful because there are so many programs that work with the file
system. For example:</p>

	<li>If you use Ant, you can just copy the resulting bundle to the watched directory.</li>
	<li>You can download bundles from the web and directly install them without any extra
	<li>You can easily drag and drop bundles in and out of the framework.</li>

<h2><a name="ApacheFelixFileInstall-Setup"></a>Setup</h2>

<p>The bundle runs on any framework. For its configuration, it will use the following
system properties:</p>

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<th class='confluenceTh'>Property</th>
<th class='confluenceTh'>Default</th>
<th class='confluenceTh'>Description</th>
<td class='confluenceTd'><tt>felix.fileinstall.poll</tt></td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>2000 ms</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>Number of milliseconds between 2 polls of the directory</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'><tt>felix.fileinstall.dir</tt></td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>./load</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>The name of the directory to watch. Several directories can
be specified by using a comma separated list.</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'><tt>felix.fileinstall.log.level</tt></td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>0</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>Threshold of logging information</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'><tt>felix.fileinstall.bundles.new.start</tt></td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>true</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>Automatically start newly discovered bundles</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'><tt>felix.fileinstall.filter</tt></td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>&nbsp;</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>A regular expression to be used to filter file names</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'><tt>felix.fileinstall.tmpdir</tt></td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>./tmp</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>The name of the temporary directory to use with exploded or
transformed bundles</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'><tt>felix.fileinstall.noInitialDelay</tt></td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>false</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>Determines if File Install waits <tt>felix.fileinstall.poll</tt>
milliseconds before doing an initial scan or not.</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'><tt>felix.fileinstall.bundles.startTransient</tt></td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>false</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>If <tt>true</tt>, File Install will start the bundles
<td class='confluenceTd'><tt>felix.fileinstall.start.level</tt></td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>false</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>If set to a value different from <tt>0</tt>, File
Install will set the start level for deployed bundles to that value.</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'><tt>felix.fileinstall.disableConfigSave</tt></td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>true</td>
<td class='confluenceTd'>If <tt>false</tt>, File Install will not write
back in the file configurations changes.</td>

<p>Once started, the values of these properties are printed to the console.</p>

<h2><a name="ApacheFelixFileInstall-Configurations"></a>Configurations</h2>

<p>Configuration files are plain property files (<tt>java.util.Property</tt>).
The format is simple:</p>

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<pre>file ::= ( header | comment ) *
header ::= &lt;header&gt; ( ':' | '=' ) &lt;value&gt; ( '\&lt;nl&gt;
&lt;value&gt; ) *
comment ::= '#' &lt;any&gt;

<p>Notice that this model only supports string properties. For example:</p>

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<pre># default port
ftp.port = 21

<p>Configuration file names are related to the PID and factory PID. The structure of
the file name is as follows:</p>

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<pre>filename ::= &lt;pid&gt; ( '-' &lt;subname&gt; )? '.cfg'

<p>If the form is <tt>&lt;pid&gt;.cfg</tt>, the file contains the
properties for a Managed Service. The <tt>&lt;pid&gt;</tt> is then the
PID of the Managed Service. See the Configuration Admin service for details.</p>

<p>When a Managed Service Factory is used, the situation is different. The <tt>&lt;pid&gt;</tt>
part then describes the PID of the Managed Service Factory. You can pick any <tt>&lt;subname&gt;</tt>,
this bundle will then create an instance for the factory for each unique name. For example:</p>

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<pre>com.acme.xyz.cfg // configuration for Managed Service
// com.acme.xyz
com.acme.abc-default.cfg // Managed Service Factory,
// creates an instance for com.acme.abc

<p>If a configuration managed by File Install is modified, File Install will write the
configuration back to a property file to ensure peristence across restarts.</p>

<h2><a name="ApacheFelixFileInstall-Propertysubstitutioninconfigurationfiles"></a>Property
substitution in configuration files</h2>

<p>It is possible to use system properties to specify the values of properties in configuration
files. This is achieved through system property substitution, which is instigated by using
<tt>${&lt;property&gt;</tt>} syntax, where &lt;property&gt; is
the name of a system property to substitute.  Bundle context properties will take precedence
over system properties if available.<br/>

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<pre>ftp.port = ${system.ftp.port}

<h2><a name="ApacheFelixFileInstall-WatchingmultipledirectorieswithFileInstall"></a>Watching
multiple directories with File Install</h2>

<p>Starting with version 3.1.0 it is possible to specify several directories to watch
with the system property <tt>felix.fileinstall.dir</tt>; this property can either
point to a single directory or a comma separated list of directories. In addition, Apache
Felix File Install provides a ManagedServiceFactory to create multiple instances of File Install.
Asuming you have a File Install bundle watching a <tt>bundles</tt> folder, creating
a new instance is as simple as creating a new configuration file <tt>org.apache.felix.fileinstall-&lt;pid&gt;.cfg</tt>
in that folder (substitute &lt;pid&gt; with a unique Id for the new service instance):</p>

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style="border-bottom-width: 1px;"><b>org.apache.felix.fileinstall-configDir.cfg</b></div><div
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<pre class="code-java">
felix.fileinstall.bundles.<span class="code-keyword">new</span>.start=<span

<h2><a name="ApacheFelixFileInstall-Explodedbundles"></a>Exploded bundles</h2>

<p>Apache Felix File Install has the ability to watch for exploded bundles and automatically
update such bundles if the content is changed in any way.  If a watched directory contains
a sub directory, its content will be jar'ed and deployed to the OSGi framework.  Any change
to a file in this directory or one of its subdirectories will result in the directory to be
jar'ed again and the corresponding bundle to be updated.</p>

<h2><a name="ApacheFelixFileInstall-Customartifacts"></a>Custom artifacts</h2>

<p>Apache Felix File Install can support deployment of custom artifacts.  By default,
configurations and plain OSGi bundles are supported, but other kind of artifacts can be deployed
through custom artifact handlers.</p>

<p>To add support for a custom artifact, a service implementing one of <tt>org.apache.felix.fileinstall.ArtifactListener</tt>'s
sub interfaces must be registered in the OSGi registry.</p>
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