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From Jeff Genender <>
Subject Re: startup scripts for Geronimo - will users want to prepend their own classpath?
Date Mon, 11 Jul 2005 13:12:04 GMT

Jacek Laskowski wrote:
> wrote:
>> I am working on the startup scripts for Geronimo and was wondering 
>> whether people can see a requirement now or in the future where users 
>> would want to be able to specify their own classpath when executing 
>> the startup script (e.g. in the CLASSPATH env var) and have that 
>> appended to the server's classpath (currently the server's classpath 
>> is set in the Class-Path manifest attribute of the 
>> geronimo/bin/server.jar file)?
> Why would they want to specify the classpath? Do you envision its use? I 
> don't see a reason yet, but since it's a shell script, it won't hurt to 
> have a way to specify it (altough I think it will become an unuseable 
> feature).

This is common.  The CLASSPATH alteration can have a number of uses, one 
of which is the ability to patch included jars by overriding packages. 
This technique is also used to do service paks without having to 
redistribute the entire build...this is an old Weblogic trick.

>> John
> Jacek


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