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From Sachin Patel <>
Subject Re: Property substitution in config.xml implemented
Date Mon, 05 Mar 2007 14:01:05 GMT
this is really cool and a huge improvement on what we had previously


On Mar 3, 2007, at 11:47 PM, David Jencks wrote:

> Following Ted Kirby's idea of property substitution in config.xml  
> files (GERONIMO-2735) I applied and modified his patch.  Jason  
> Dillon had a jexl expression evaluator lying around so I replace  
> the evaluation code in the patch with the jexl stuff, so now you  
> can use expressions in your substitutions.
> The substitutions are in a new file, default location var/config/ 
>  This is used to evaluate  
> expressions in config.xml.  I implemented a small example in  
> geronimo-jetty6-jee5 for the jetty connectors, using
> hostName
> httpPort
> httpsPort
> portOffset.
> You can override a value in the properties file with an environment  
> variable or a system property.  Therefore, to start a server on a  
> different set of jetty connector ports, you can say:
> java -DportOffset=1 -jar bin/server.jar --long
> If this generally seems like a good idea and no one has a better  
> idea I'll go through the config.xmls and use substitutions more  
> systematically in a few days.
> One question I have is whether it's really a good idea to use  
> environment variables for substitutions.  I really don't know and  
> would appreciate more informed opinions.
> Also, you can specify an alternate properties file on the command  
> line with
> java - 
> Many thanks to ted for coming up with the original patch and  
> pushing for it.
> thanks
> david jencks

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