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From Donald Woods <>
Subject Re: New Feature: Configuration Import/Export
Date Mon, 27 Mar 2006 15:01:48 GMT
What are you thoughts on dependencies within a selected CAR?
It would be nice to see that by choosing Daytrader, you would also be 
install the Corba, Axis and ActiveMQ plans while selecting the LDAP demo 
would pull in the ApacheDS configuration.  Users will probably want a 
way to see/list what prerequisites are required for each configuration 
along with the estimated diskspace required before they deploy it, via 
something like a 'deploy list-configs' option.

I think going with an XML format similar to the project.xml files for 
the current file is a good way to go. 
  It gives us and end-users a way to provide more than just CAR files 
(like WAR/EAR applications and JDBC drivers), apply validation to the 
file during the build and potentially use Maven or the Eclipse Maven 
plug-in for building server instances from scratch.

I assume we would have a configuration file per release?  Something like 
geronimo-configs-1.2.xml, which would allow us to change our configs 
package structure and available packages between releases.


Aaron Mulder wrote:
> This now works from the command line too:
> java -jar bin/deployer.jar install-configs http://localhost/maven/
> But you still need the in the root
> of the Maven repo.  I'm thinking of changing that to an XML format
> since there's at least one more piece of information that it would be
> nice to fit in there -- namely, the version of Geronimo that this
> particular CAR is expected to work in.  We may even consider
> explicitly breaking out the web container for web app configurations
> so we don't bother listing all the Tomcat apps if you have a Jetty
> server and vice versa.
> Thanks,
>     Aaron
> On 3/24/06, Aaron Mulder <> wrote:
>>I've just added a new feature to the console whereby it can export an
>>installed configuration to a CAR file, and also install previously
>>uninstalled configurations (CAR files and dependency JAR files) from a
>>Maven repository (though at present, it depends on a properties file
>>being in the repository the provide some metadata on the available
>>CARs).  It also still doesn't have any reasonable feedback during the
>>download process.
>>Anyway, I'm not really looking at this as a final definition of the
>>feature, more a look at what we can do so we can talk about the best
>>way to do it.  (For example, we've talked about how it would be nice
>>to have command-line tools to do this, and while some of the code
>>could be extracted, we'd potentially need a separate file upload
>>solution, if we can't reuse the remote-deploy web app.  Also, it can
>>only install from a Maven repo [vs a direct file upload] so it can
>>fetch needed dependencies.  Also, it doesn't take advantage of the
>>soon-to-be-on-iBiblio Maven repository manager.)
>>As a conversation starter, it would be nice to distribute Geronimo
>>without any sample applications to make it a little leaner and faster
>>to start -- just have the screen in the console that lets you download
>>and install any of them that you want.  I also think it would be nice
>>to distribute without Directory and some of the other add-ons, and
>>provide the ability to download and install those, ServiceMix, Quartz,
>>and other packages we know of integration for.
>>If you want to take a look at this, there's an Import/Export entry in
>>the application part of the console navigation bar (in HEAD).  You
>>need to set up some Maven repo to point it to (though for a REAL quick
>>start you can just use a file URL like
>>file:///home/ammulder/.maven/repository).  And then you need a file in
>>the root of the Maven repo called
>>with entries like this:
>>Then enter the URL to your Maven repo in the screen in the console,
>>and it'll list all the configurations from the properties file,
>>grouped by the categories you specified, and let you install anything
>>that's not already available in the local server.  I've attached a
>>sample that exposes some of the Geronimo web apps if you want a real,
>>real quick start.
>>    Aaron

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