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From Joe Bohn <>
Subject Re: Question about the "Create Plugin" portlet
Date Fri, 13 Nov 2009 14:29:39 GMT

We do something similar to this with the "expert mode" in the various 
application views where we disable actions like stop, restart, and 
uninstall on system modules unless the user specifies that they are an 
"expert user" via the check-box.

To make the determination in those cases we look at the prefix for the 
component id to see if it is "org.apache.geronimo.configs".  However, it 
seems this is no longer sufficient as our prefixes have been changing to 
include o.a.g.plugins and o.a.g.framework while this feature has not 
been updated.  Perhaps we should change this function to only check for 


Ivan wrote:
> It may sound a good idea, but the question is that how we could 
> distinguish the system modules and applications deployed by users ?
> 2009/11/13 Ellen Tang < <>>
>     Hi,
>     I'm currently reviewing the contents on the UI of the "Plugins"
>     portlet in G 2.2 admin console. I have a question for the "Create
>     Plugin" function.
>     As we can see, currently the drop-down list in the "Create Plugin"
>     portlet shows all the CAR files on the server, including system
>     plugins that already exist in the "%GERONIMO_HOME%\repository\"
>     folder. For example, you can find the plugin
>     "org.apache.geronimo.configs/activemq-broker/2.2-SNAPSHOT/car" in
>     the directory
>     "%GERONIMO_HOME%\repository\org\apache\geronimo\configs\activemq-broker\2.2-SNAPSHOT",
>     which contains the "geronimo-plugin.xml" file already. However,
>     according to the "Help" contents of the "Create Plugin" portlet, the
>     function of this portlet is that "The console will generate the
>     geronimo-plugin.xml file that stores the plugin metadata information
>     for your project and package it into a car file."
>     My question is that do we really need to include the system plugins
>     in the drop-down list of the "Create Plugin" portlet? If the system
>     plugins already exist in the "%GERONIMO_HOME%\repository\" folder
>     and they already have the "geronimo-plugin.xml" file, the users
>     would not need to use this "Create Plugin" portlet to create these
>     plugins again. Besides, this portlet doesn't do anything else to the
>     system plugins apart from exporting them as files, which the users
>     already have in the repository. Therefore, I think it's more
>     practical to only show the applications and/or application plugins
>     in the drop-down list of this portlet.
>     Does anyone think that it's a good idea to leave out the system
>     plugins but only keep the application plugins in this portlet? Maybe
>     we can do that in the 3.0 release?
>     Any comments are welcome.
>     Thanks!
>     Ellen
> -- 
> Ivan

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