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Converting applications into Geronimo plugins using GEP

In this section we discuss how to use the Geronimo Eclipse Plugin to convert Applications into Geronimo Plugins and install them to the server.
We are using Apache Geronimo V2.1.3 for this tutorial.
We have used an existing tutorial from tutorial section. Refer Stateless Session Bean for application development and deployment. Once done refer the illustration in this tutorial to export and import JEE artifacts using the Geronimo Eclipse Plugin.

Creating Geronimo Plugins

In order to convert applications into Geronimo Plugins, the Geronimo Server must be installed and started. Clicking on the server's Launch Plugin Manager popup menu item will bring up the Plugin Manager wizard that is shown below.



Enter or create a directory and select the "create Geronimo plugin" radio button. The directory is a temporary place to save the application and will give you a chance to make any manual updates if necessary.



The next page of the dialog contains a drop down list of all the objects that can be converted into Geronimo plugins. Many of the objects in this list are already plugins that are used by the Geronimo server. For example, select the console.dbpool/jdbcuserds/1.0/rar from the drop down list.



Selecting your application objects (one at a time) and clicking next will bring up pages that will allow you to change the geronimo-plugin.xml before saving. All fields on the next two pages are data that will be saved with the plugin and will help with installation.



  • Name
    A human-readable name that will be displayed for this plugin.
  • id
    The globally unique ID for this plugin. This is determined from the installation in the server you're exporting. This defines the version number for the plugin, so make sure it's correct.
  • Download Repos
    A list of repositories to check for any dependencies that need to be downloaded. This should be a list of one URL per line, with values such as http://geronimoplugins.com/repository/ and http://www.ibiblio.org/maven2/. Note that the repository this plugin is deployed to should typically be the first one listed.
  • Category
    The category this plugin falls into. Plugins in the same category will be listed together. If this plugin is intended to be listed on geronimoplugins.com then you should use one of the category names there if any of them fit. Otherwise, you can select this freely, or according to the categories acceptable to the repository where you plan to post this.
  • Description
    A description of this plugin. You should use plain text only, with blank lines to separate paragraphs.
  • Plugin URL
    A URL to get more information about the plugin (e.g. the plugin home page).
  • Author
    The author of the plug, which may be a person, company, open source project, etc.
  • Geronimo Versions
    An optional list of Geronimo versions supported by this plugin. If no values are listed, the plugin can be installed in any version of Geronimo. Otherwise, list one acceptable Geronimo version per line.
  • JVM Versions
    An optional list of JVM version prefixes supported by this plugin. If no values are listed, the plugin can be installed in Geronimo running in any version of the JVM. Otherwise, list one acceptable JVM version prefix per line.
  • Dependencies
    A list of JARs or other module IDs that this plugin depends on. These will be downloaded automatically when this plugin is installed. Normally you shouldn't change this list. However, you can move entries from the dependency list to the prerequisite list if the user must install the dependency manually before installing the plugin (e.g. for a database pool where a plugin wouldn't know what server to connect to). Each entry in this list should use the Unique ID format like is used for this plugin above. You may remove the version number if you'd like to work with any version of the dependency, though that may be risky. Each value should be on a separate line.
  • Obsoletes
    A list of module IDs that this plugin replaces. Those plugins or modules will be removed when this one is installed. That may include previous versions of this plugin if you want installing it to "upgrade" rather than just offering an additional alternative. This should be a list with one module ID per line.

The next page has 2 tables. The data in both the License table and Prerequisite table can be updated using the Add, Edit, and Remove buttons.



  • Licenses
    The name of the license that this plugin is covered by. Ideally, it would be prefixed by the class of license, like "BSD – (name)" or "GPL – (name)". Specify whether the license is an OSI-approved open source license (see http://www.opensource.org/licenses/index.php).
  • Prerequisites
    The module IDs of prerequisites for this plugin. These are modules that must be present in the server before the plugin can be installed. They may be something like a specific web container for a web application (geronimo/jetty/1.0/car) or something like a database pool or security realm that the user must install because the plugin author can't create a value that will be valid in the destination server. You may want to leave out as many segments of the module ID as possible in order to accommodate more users.
    (e.g. */mypool/*/* rather than myapp/mypool/1.2/car)

Clicking Next on this page saves the plugin and the geronimo-plugin.xml file and returns the user back to the first page.

For saving multiple projects or applications, repeat the above steps. For example, do the same for ApplicationClient and StatelessSessionEJB, selecting them from the drop down list.
The above process creates an appropriate directory structure in the directory specified by the Local Plugin Repository field of the first page of the wizard. geronimo-plugin.xml files have been created for each plugin and the top directory includes a geronimo-plugins.xml that keeps track of all the plugins that have been created. The values in these files came from data from the last two pages in the Plugin Manager.
If you need to update the geronimo-plugin.xml file after saving, you can edit this file manually. When it is installed in the next step, the updates will be saved.



geronimo-plugins.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<!--
    Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under one or more
    contributor license agreements.  See the NOTICE file distributed with
    this work for additional information regarding copyright ownership.
    The ASF licenses this file to You under the Apache License, Version 2.0
    (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with
    the License.  You may obtain a copy of the License at

       http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

    Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
    distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
    WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
    See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
    limitations under the License.
-->
<geronimo-plugin-list xmlns:ns2="http://geronimo.apache.org/xml/ns/attributes-1.2" xmlns="http://geronimo.apache.org/xml/ns/plugins-1.3">
            <plugin>
        <name>DBPool Database Plugin</name>
        <category>Sample</category>
        <description>This plugin sets up a Derby database pool</description>
        <url>http://www.apache.org</url>
        <author>Ashish Jain</author>
        <license osi-approved="true">The Apache Software License, Version 2.0</license>
        <plugin-artifact>
            <module-id>
                <groupId>console.dbpool</groupId>
                <artifactId>jdbc%2Fuserds</artifactId>
                <version>1.0</version>
                <type>rar</type>
            </module-id>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>system-database</artifactId>
            <version>2.1.1</version>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>transaction</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>j2ee-server</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <source-repository>http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/</source-repository>
	<source-repository>file:/C:/myplugins</source-repository>
        <obsoletes>
            <groupId>console.dbpool</groupId>
            <artifactId>jdbc%2Fuserds</artifactId>
            <type>rar</type>
        </obsoletes>
        </plugin-artifact>
    </plugin>
<plugin>
        <name>Stateless EJB Sample Plugin</name>
        <category>Sample</category>
        <description>This plugin installs an EJB Sample</description>
        <url>http://www.apache.org</url>
        <author>Ashish Jain</author>
        <license osi-approved="true">The Apache Software License, Version 2.0</license>
    <plugin-artifact>
        <module-id>
            <groupId>default</groupId>
            <artifactId>StatelessSessionEJB</artifactId>
            <version>1.0</version>
            <type>car</type>
        </module-id>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>console.dbpool</groupId>
            <artifactId>jdbc%2Fuserds</artifactId>
	    <type>rar</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>openejb</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>system-database</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>tomcat6</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>axis</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>axis2</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>j2ee-corba-yoko</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>openjpa</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
	<source-repository>file:/C:/myplugins</source-repository>
	<source-repository>http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/</source-repository>
        <obsoletes>
            <groupId>default</groupId>
            <artifactId>StatelessSessionEJB</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </obsoletes>
    </plugin-artifact>
    </plugin>
<plugin>
        <name>Application Client</name>
        <category>Sample</category>
        <description>This plugin installs an App Client Sample</description>
        <url>http://www.apache.org</url>
        <author>Ashish Jain</author>
        <license osi-approved="true">The Apache Software License, Version 2.0</license>
	<plugin-artifact>
        <module-id>
            <groupId>default</groupId>
            <artifactId>ApplicationClient</artifactId>
            <version>1.0</version>
            <type>car</type>
        </module-id>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>default</groupId>
            <artifactId>StatelessSessionEJB</artifactId>
            <version>1.0</version>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>tomcat6</artifactId>
            <version>2.1.1</version>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>axis</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>axis2</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>openejb</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>j2ee-corba-yoko</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>openjpa</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>org.apache.geronimo.configs</groupId>
            <artifactId>jasper</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </dependency>
	<source-repository>file:/C:/myplugins</source-repository>
	<source-repository>http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/</source-repository>
        <obsoletes>
            <groupId>default</groupId>
            <artifactId>ApplicationClient</artifactId>
            <type>car</type>
        </obsoletes>
     </plugin-artifact>
</plugin>
    <default-repository>http://geronimo.apache.org/plugins/geronimo-2.1/</default-repository>
</geronimo-plugin-list>

Installing Geronimo Plugins

If you haven't done so already, remove the projects from the server. In this example, we uninstall the EJB jar, Application Client WAR and database pool from server.This can be down by removing the Web and EJB projects from the server and by using the gshell command line to undeploy the database.



>From the main page of the Plugin Manager wizard, select the Install Geronimo plugins and click Next.



Select all the Geronimo plugins that you want to install on the server. If Installable is false, then the plugin cannot be selected. The most common reasons that a plugin cannot be installed are if the version of the plugin is already installed on the server or if prerequisites are not available.
Clicking next will install all selected plugins, and these three plugins will be installed and a confirmation page will be displayed showing what has been installed.

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