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From David Jencks <>
Subject Re: Strange ClassCastException: ActiveMQResourceAdapter cannot be cast to ResourceAdapter (was: upgrade activemq 5.2 in G 2.1.4)
Date Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:22:58 GMT

On Jul 17, 2009, at 4:35 AM, Fredrik Jonson wrote:

> David Jencks wrote:
>> My guess would be that
>> - you are using the amq 5.2 rar as supplied by amq, which contains
>> waaaay too much stuff including the j2ca spec jar.
> No, not anymore. I ran into some issues around that in my first  
> attempt.
> Instead I package and depend on a custom and adopted version of
> geronimo-activemq-ra.
>> - the classloader for the rar does not have the jee-specs plugin as a
>> parent (or, rather, ancestor).
>> So the rar is loading the javax.resource classes in its own   
>> classloader
>> and openejb is trying to load them in the jee-specs  classloader.
> Yes, that sounds more likely. Neither my custom version of the  
> activemq-broker
> or the geronimo-activemq-ra plugin project pom have any geronimo  
> module as
> parent. Is that the correct way to share ancestor? Or perhaps it  
> doesn't have
> anything to do with dependencies in the pom, but rather is a matter  
> of how
> the plan.xml is configured?
> What configuration for the car-maven-plugin decides which  
> classloader a plugin
> will use? Does it have anything with the category tag?

so, basically plugin == classloader + services.  The classloader is  
described by the environment element in the geronimo plan.  If you are  
using the car-maven-plugin to package the plugin, it will construct  
the environment element from your maven dependencies.  So if you have  
a maven dependency on e.g. jee-specs, that will turn into a parent  
classloader of your plugin.  You should do this :-)

>> Can I ask why you aren't using 2.2-SNAPSHOT and/or porting our amq  
>> 5.x
>> integration back to 2.1.x? AMQ 5.2 did have some tck issues in
>> geronimo which is why we are using 5.3-SNAPSHOT and hoping for a
>> imminent 5.3 release.
> Yes, I'm also hoping that both the AMQ 5.3 and G 2.2 release are  
> imminent.
> The gotcha is that our product release is even more imminent.
> I considered backporting the 2.2 plugins but was concerned the  
> project would
> depend to much on 2.2-specific functionality in dependencies. Also  
> it seemed
> less invasive to just cut out those few modules that depended on  
> ActiveMQ,
> and replace just the broker and as little as possible otherwise.  
> Hindsight
> maybe that wasn't the best assumption. ;)

What I would try is:

-- copy the activemq-broker and rar modules from 2.2 to your project,  
changing the groupId
-- look at the g. 2.2 processed plans and copy all the dependencies  
into the pom (in 2.2 geronimo follows maven transitive dependencies,  
in 2.1 geronimo does not, so you need more maven dependencies listed  
in 2.1)
-- change the amq version to 5.2 if you want

In production you probably don't need any of the other bits from the  
activmq integration like the admin console stuff.

> Another aspect is that we've had good experience with the stability  
> of 5.2
> used as a standalone broker for our use cases. I don't know to what  
> extent
> 5.3 has been tested, so that would seem like a bit of a uncertain  
> choice.

On the other hand 5.3 definitely has some bug fixes over 5.2.  But if  
5.2 works for you.... use it.

david jencks
> -- 
> Fredrik Jonson

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