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From David Jencks <>
Subject Re: Where's javax.ejb.embeddable.EJBContainer's discovery protocol described?
Date Mon, 03 Jan 2011 21:21:34 GMT

On Jan 3, 2011, at 1:00 PM, Jacek Laskowski wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 2, 2011 at 7:31 PM, David Jencks <> wrote:
>> IIRC all the EJBContainer code is in openejb.  Geronimo doesn't modify this standalone
ejb container in any way, and it doesn't relate to osgi in any way either.
> I don't think so and that's why I asked here. The code for the
> embeddable EJB is in geronimo spec repo -
> Take a look at src/main/java/javax/ejb/embeddable/ in
> which you can find the method createEJBContainer which uses
> ProviderLocator.getServices (from
> geronimo-osgi-support/geronimo-osgi-locator) which in turn uses OSGi
> Service Registry. If OSGi doesn't provide anything useful, the method
> EJBContainer.createEJBContainer searches the classpath for
> META-INF/services. That's what bothers me, although it seems as a
> well-thought-out solution. How did we know META-INF/services should've
> been used? Where's it described? Is it described in the spec at all or
> is it something implementors can do what they think is reasonable?

Thats the java SE ServiceLocator which is what the ejb spec says to use.  ServiceLocator doesn't
work in an osgi environment which is why we've enhanced the specs that use it (or simliar
ideas) to use our provider locator code

For specs that use the SE service locator directly, like this ejb feature, that we want to
use in osgi,  it would be better to just replace the SE ServiceLocator implementation that
comes with java.  Rick has some experimental code (that AFAIK works completely) that does
this but we got all the specs out before we realized that this was also a plausible solution.

Anyway, IIRC openejb fits into this scheme by providing an appropriate file in META-INF/services
that says where the Openejb standalone container is.

hope this clarifies something :-)

david jencks

> Jacek
> -- 
> Jacek Laskowski
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