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From Joe Bohn <>
Subject web applications and hosting containers
Date Tue, 25 Oct 2005 15:42:43 GMT

The default Geronimo configuration includes both the Jetty and Tomcat 
web containers predeployed and started by default.

Therefore, it would follow (when dealing with a web application that is 
not dependent upon any specific web container) that the web app would 
1) upon a single deployment be capable of running in either a single, 
all, or any combination of containers.  If this is the case then I 
expect that the container would somehow be specified when starting the 
application or the application would be started concurrently on all 
active containers (hence a runtime choice of container).
2) require the specification of a container(s) in the deploy command. 
The web app could then be deployed multiple times (once to each web 
container).  The individually deployed applications could then be 
started independently on each container.

However, it appears that there is no mechanism to reference a specific 
container from either the deploy command or the start command.

How is the user supposed to interpret this?   What behavior should the 
user expect when deploying and starting web applications that have no 
need for a container specific plan and hence include no geronimo 
deployment plan?  To which container(s) are they deployed?   Is the 
choice of the container a deployment decision (deploy command) or a 
run-time decision (start/stop command)?


Joe Bohn

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot 
lose."   -- Jim Elliot

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