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From Jeremy Boynes <>
Subject Re: Feature request...
Date Tue, 30 Mar 2004 14:09:07 GMT
The relevant spec here is JSR88 which specifies an API for distributing 
a module that takes two parameters: the raw module (EAR) and a 
deployment plan (typically an XML document).

Our deployment tool follows this - you pass the location of the EAR and 
the plan on the command line and it installs in to the server.

I think this fits with your scenario - you could use velocity or some 
other template mechanism to modify the plan during installation and then 
use the command line deployer to install into the server.

I'd planned to document the deployer more when we had all the module 
deployers done (waiting for EAR and EJB) - if you'd like to help out 
there please jump in.


Adam Fowler wrote:

> Hello all,
> I've been writing an installer these last couple of days and have come to
> realise something about the way JBoss works.
> I'm creating an EAR and in an IdealWorld[tm] I would like to just copy
> this straight to an app server directory. I do have a problem, however, in
> that the installer needs to modify some JBoss specific files for the
> datasource. Guess where this resides? Rather intelligently inside the EJB
> JAR which in turn is inside the EAR archive. So basically, I will have to
> unpack the EAR and JAR on the fly, modify the settings file, and re jar
> the lot back up.
> Thus I request that you please (please PLEASE!) come up with a system
> where such server-specific configuration is in the top EAR file wherever
> possible. So have a meta-inf/geronimo directory or the like. That'd be
> great. Really great. (Not that this problem bugs me, noooooooo)
> What do the specs say on this point anyway?
> Also, can we have a more authoritative list of what is being developed and
> what needs doing/more help on? And yes, I would be volunteering to update
> the docs to get this done (as opposed to being a complete whiner), but I
> do need the info to start with. 8o)
> Thanks all,
> Adam.

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