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From Aaron Mulder <>
Subject Re: startup scripts for Geronimo - will users want to prepend their own classpath?
Date Mon, 11 Jul 2005 13:27:23 GMT
	Most often it seems the CLASSPATH is used to add JDBC drivers or 
common 3rd party libraries.  We have special facilities for that in 
Geronimo, so I don't see that being able to set the CLASSPATH is all that 


On Mon, 11 Jul 2005 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)?
> --> Note that we cannot use the -cp and -jar options at the same time due 
> to Bug parade bug 
> If this is a requirement, here is a proposal (untested) on how we could 
> implement it:
> The startup script when issuing the java command would:
> * not use the -jar option.  It would construct the full classpath, 
> including the classpath the user specified followed by the server's 
> classpath and specify it on the -cp option.
> * obtain the server's part of the classpath by executing a .bat or .sh 
> file that was written by the assembly, since the assembly knows this as it 
> sets the classpath in the JAR manifest.
> * specify the main class on the java command ( 
> org.apache.geronimo.system.main.Daemon )
> * specify the endorsed dir ( lib/endorsed )
> (FYI.. Tomcat startup scripts do not use the -jar option and allow users 
> to set the classpath).
> Anyone have any opinions or ideas?
> Thanks,
> John
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