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From Bill Dudney <>
Subject Re: We might need "aliased" modules/configurations/artifactIds
Date Thu, 14 Sep 2006 19:38:47 GMT
This sounds a lot like OSGi.

Felix might be a bit young but it seems like a big part of this  
functionality is covered there.



On Sep 14, 2006, at 1:32 PM, Aaron Mulder wrote:

> I sure wouldn't mind if a module could say "I provide"
> and a separate module could say "I require a parent that provides
>"...  As in, interface dependencies instead of name-based
> dependencies.
> Thanks,
>     Aaron
> On 9/14/06, David Jencks <> wrote:
>> I started working on a version of geronimo that uses the jta11
>> transaction manager in the sandbox.  So, I wrote a new transaction
>> configuration using the new gbean and started trying to assemble a
>> server.  My new config has gbeans with exactly the same names (except
>> for artifactId) as the old jta 1.0.1B configuration (present in
>> GERONIMO-2398, please vote).  Now it turns out that in order to swap
>> these configs I am going to need to change almost all the other
>> configs so they depend on my new one instead of the old one.
>> This highlights a need for more functional-based dependencies.
>> Conceptually we kind of want to say, "this module depends on a module
>> supplying services A, B, C"
>> One idea I had that might be pretty easy to implement would be to
>> expand the explicit-versions resolving code a bit so that you can
>> supply a properties file that says "replace requests for artifactId X
>> with artifactId Y"  and plug it in the the artifact resolver,
>> configuration, and kernel so that when you ask for a gbean with
>> artifactId X you get one with the same name map and interfaces but
>> with artifactId Y.  I think of this as aliasing X as Y (or maybe its
>> vice-versa).
>> I'm starting to try to implement this since I'm kind of blocked
>> without something like this... but this might not be the best
>> possible solution or even the easiest.  Anyone want to comment or
>> suggest better ideas?
>> thanks
>> david jencks

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