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From David Jencks <>
Subject Re: Geronimo specs jars in OSGi
Date Wed, 16 Apr 2008 15:49:25 GMT
I'd like to see an example in action before I commit myself but so  
far I don't see any problems with this.  I assume you have already or  
will soon verify this doesn't cause problems with the tck :-)

I wonder if a package name with "osgi" in it somewhere would be more  

There are some specs (jacc for instance) that use a system property  
to figure out what to create.  I've always thought this was a less  
than brilliant idea and wonder if we can do something similar for  
those.  I also wonder if there is a way to generalize the osgi method  
so it might work in some non-osgi environments.  I'm looking forward  
to seeing what you have in mind.

david jencks

On Apr 16, 2008, at 8:20 AM, Guillaume Nodet wrote:

> In the past months, I've been working on making the specs jars from  
> Geronimo working in an OSGi environment.
> All these jars have been published and work great :-)
> However, lots of these spec jars define factories (stax, saaj for  
> example) that use the META-INF/services/ discovery mechanism to  
> find an implementation of the spec and load it.  This mechanism  
> does not fit well in OSGi (really, it does not), mainly because  
> usually, the classloader containing the spec jar will not contain  
> the implementation.
> I'd like to work on these spec jars so that they will contain an  
> OSGi BundleActivator that would change the behavior of these  
> factories when deployed in an OSGi environment (without changing  
> the behavior in other case).  The idea is that the activator would  
> scan OSGi bundles when they are started to find META-INF/services  
> and populate a map that would be used by the factory when creating  
> an object before using the standard mechanism.
> The only real difference compared to what we currently have would  
> be the addition of a package named org.apache.geronimo.specs.stax  
> (for example) that would contain the needed classes (i suppose two  
> classes), and the modification of the factories to delegate to one  
> of these class before using the standard behavior (the class would  
> do nothing if not deployed in an OSGi environment).
> Has anyone any objection with such an enhancement in the specs jar ?
> -- 
> Cheers,
> Guillaume Nodet
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