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From Dain Sundstrom <>
Subject Two deployment tools
Date Wed, 30 Mar 2005 22:58:17 GMT

A while back we had a discussion about one vs. two deployment tools.  
IIRC, you wanted two tools because the command line options for the 
"package" command did not fit well into JSR88, and I thought having 
multiple deploy tools would be confusing.  After working with the 
deploy code and thinking about the problem, I have come to the 
conclusion that you were right and *I was wrong*.

I think we should break out the package command and merge it with the 
bootstrap deployer to create a new tool that is only available via 
maven and which we use to bootstrap our server during assembly.  This 
tool would only be capable of deploying service plan files, and could 
either create an executable jar or an entry in a local config store.  
In addition, I think the tool should let us specify an ant style 
manifest, so we can remove all the funky arguments to the deploy 
command that creates a manifest.  This new tool could considerably 
speed up the assembly process.

What do you think?


Dain Sundstrom
Chief Architect
Gluecode Software
310.536.8355, ext. 26

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