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From David Jencks <>
Subject Re: deploying a resource adapter (fwd)
Date Mon, 09 Jan 2006 04:50:56 GMT

On Jan 8, 2006, at 8:12 PM, Michael Allman wrote:

> On Sun, 8 Jan 2006, David Jencks wrote:
>> On Jan 8, 2006, at 7:38 PM, Michael Allman wrote:
>>> I'm developing said resource adapter, and when I rebuild it I  
>>> would like to redeploy it once and have all the connection  
>>> factories use the new archive.
>>> I've tried doing this with configurations that reference the  
>>> configId of the resource adapter as the parentId.  I only get a  
>>> cryptic error message from the deployer.
>> that ought to work, I've done it with a chain of about 6 resource  
>> adapters that share classes.  However I think option 1 will be by  
>> far the most convenient for you.
> Option 1 is not really a workable option for me because the  
> connection definitions support unrelated applications.  I want to  
> keep them in separate files in separate projects.
> I'm attaching a couple of deployment plans.  The resource adapter  
> I'm deploying is for Sleepycat Software's Berkeley DB XML and can  
> be found at
> The file "dbxml-ra.xml" is supposed to be the "minimal  
> configuration" plan I deploy with the resource adapter archive  
> itself.  The file "dbxmltest-env1.xml" is one of the connection  
> definition configurations. It is my intention that it reference the  
> resource adapter instance deployed with the "dbxml-ra.xml" plan.   
> So I do
> java -jar bin/deployer.jar berkeley-dbxml.rar dbxml-ra.xml
> and that works.  Then I do
> java -jar bin/deployer.jar dbxmltest-env1.xml
> and that fails with
> Error: Unable to distribute dbxmltest-env1.xml: Cannot deploy the
>     requested application module
>     (planFile=dbxmltest-env1.xml)
> What am I doing wrong?

I pretty much completely misunderstood what you were trying to do. To  
deploy a j2ee artifact you always need both the j2ee artifact and  
(for a connector anyway) the plan.  So (except for the trick  
explained below) you need to follow (3) exactly as stated.

What I had was a situation where one application used 6 different  
resource adapters that happened to have identical class jars inside,  
and where I needed to end up with only one copy of each class in the  
application.  In order to do that I had to make a chain of the 6  
resource adapters so only the classes from the  first were actually  
used, even though there were separate classloaders for each rar.

One trick we have that you might find useful is the ability to add  
modules to an ear plan, even though the module is not included in the  
ear itself.  In fact you can make a "virtual ear" entirely out of  
external modules.  That way you can get the db plan in with the rest  
of your app without physically including the rar in your ear.  Some  
examples are the daytrader configs (starting with an ear) and the  
uddi-server configs (starting with just a war and creating a "virtual  

david jencks

> Thank you.
> Michael
>> thanks
>> david jencks
>>> Michael
>>> On Sun, 8 Jan 2006, Aaron Mulder wrote:
>>>> I believe there are 3 ways you could do this:
>>>> 1) Create a single geronimo-ra.xml with more than one  
>>>> resourceadapter
>>>> entry in it, each of which defines a separate Geronimo  
>>>> configuration
>>>> (including a separate outbound connection factory)
>>>> 2) Create a single geronimo-ra.xml with one resourceadapter entry,
>>>> containing one outbound-resourceadapter, containing one
>>>> connection-definition, containing multiple
>>>> connectiondefinition-instance elements (each for a separate  
>>>> database
>>>> or whatever the resource adapter connects to)
>>>> 3) Create multiple geronimo-ra.xml files and deploy them each  
>>>> separately:
>>>> java -jar bin/deployer.jar deploy foo.rar geronimo-ra-1.xml
>>>> java -jar bin/deployer.jar deploy foo.rar geronimo-ra-2.xml
>>>> java -jar bin/deployer.jar deploy foo.rar geronimo-ra-3.xml
>>>> ...
>>>> Of the three approaches, I think the last is the best in that  
>>>> you can
>>>> start and stop and manage each of the configurations independently.
>>>> However the first two let you combine your configurations into one
>>>> deployment unit if you'd prefer to manage them all together (and  
>>>> would
>>>> also let you pack the geronimo-ra.xml file into the RAR if you'd
>>>> prefer to).
>>>> Thanks,
>>>>    Aaron
>>>> On 1/8/06, Michael Allman <> wrote:
>>>>> My question (below) didn't seem to make it to the list, so I'm  
>>>>> resending
>>>>> it.  Apologies if this results in a duplicate.
>>>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>>>> Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2006 20:06:34 -0500 (EST)
>>>>> From: Michael Allman <>
>>>>> To:
>>>>> Subject: deploying a resource adapter
>>>>> Hello,
>>>>> How do I configure several connection factories for a single  
>>>>> (outbound)
>>>>> resource adapter in Geronimo 1.0?
>>>>> In JBoss 4, I copy a rar file into the "deploy" directory, and  
>>>>> then I copy a
>>>>> bunch of -ds.xml files into the same directory.  Each -ds.xml  
>>>>> references the
>>>>> same rar file.
>>>>> Thank you.
>>>>> Michael

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