What would work just as well for me would be to be able to check in a skeleton
and then deploy the plans the first time I build and deploy the application. I am even willing
to copy all the files over, as long as I am not checking them in.

If I can help it I will not check in things which can be derived from other things. For example, your config-store
can be derived from the plans (and I am not sure what else.) The dependencies are third-party jars, etc.

I think you are doing this already when you build geronimo using maven. I just have to find out what steps
to take between compiling and starting the server. Can I just blow away config-store and then deploy the
plans I want?

Is it possible to use this, perhaps:

java -jar deployer.jar deploy <plan> <file>


David Jencks <david_jencks@yahoo.com>

11/24/2005 11:28 AM
Please respond to user

        To:        user@geronimo.apache.org
        Subject:        Re: Multiple geronimo instances with little disk usage

This is not supported yet, but it definitely should be.

The idea is that everything except the var directory is shared between
server instances, and each instance has its own var directory.  So,
there are several gbeans with paths into the var directory: several are
in the j2ee-system plan.  Some other gbeans in plans such as
system-database and activemq-broker also store stuff in var.  The major
problem at the moment is that most of these gbeans are in the system
plan which is loaded before the config.xml file, so there is no
opportunity to replace the "var" with the location of your choice.  
Unfortunately this means you have to build a whole set of
configurations for each server, since the name of the base config is
going to be different.

Does anyone have a good idea how to make this work with only a single
set of configurations?  one possibility would be to have ServerInfo
know where the var directory is, all gbeans that use var ask ServerInfo
where it is, and have ServerInfo read it from a system property.  Then
you could set the var location on the command line.  You can already
set the config.xml on the command line, although this might not be
needed if the var location could be set.  The only disadvantage I've
thought of with this plan is that it builds the concept of the var
directory into geronimo in a much more fundamental way than it is now.

david jencks

On Nov 24, 2005, at 11:11 AM, Guglielmo.Lichtner@instinet.com wrote:

> I would like to do this:
> 1) Unpack the geronimo distribution under /usr/local/geronimo (say)
> and make it read-only.
> 2) Create many small _instances_ of geronimo running on all different
> (sets of) ports, on the same machine.
> I would like the _code_ to be in one place, but the configurations of
> the instances to all be different.
> Basically a lot like tomcat.
> Thanks
> Guglielmo
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