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From Jean-Noël Colin <>
Subject Re: dynamically select resources and apply filtering
Date Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:29:42 GMT

THanks for your suggestion, but I don't think it will work; for instance, I have to customize
some springsecurity files that have to be included in the war file; those files are instantiated
from templates that differ from environment to environment (LDAP, AD...); also, I don't want
to copy all different logos to the war file, while only one should be used. 

I'm using jndi for db parameters for instance. 

basically, my process is: 
update code
for each environment (customer)
customize package
deploy package

so I can't think of an easy way to extract the configuration, and build the package only once.

Best regards


On 25 Feb 2013, at 21:42, Adrien Rivard <> wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 8:41 PM, Jean-Noël Colin <> wrote:
>> Hi
>> I'm trying to migrate my project from ant to maven, but I'm facing a few
>> difficulties; I need to build my project for different environments
>> (customers, so possibly a long list). In my ant project, I had several
>> .properties file, one per customer; in this file, I had properties used to
>> customize some config file; I managed to use resource filtering to achieve
>> this.
> The best way to handle this is to externalize your configuration.This way,
> you build one time one war that never changed, and you deploy this one
> along with the configuration file.
> Since you already have properties you should just externalize them (spring
> placeholder ..). Another option would be to use JNDI (more flexible but
> also more complicated IMO)
> The second option is to multiple the number of project (1 master and a lots
> of nearly empty one for each customers.), but this work only if you know
> the configuration at build time.
> The Thing to not do is to build one project multiple times, but each time
> different. (Basic maven rule : One project -> one artifact)
>> However, some properties defined a filename that needed to be copied to
>> the war archive, but under a common name. For instance, I had several
>> logos: logo_customer1.jpg, logo_customer2.jpg, logo_customer3.jpg; the
>> source file name was specified in the properties file
>> (,,, but the
>> destination was always logo.jpg. How can I do that?
>> On a webapp, I usually read it through a Servlet that read the path
> configured in the properties.
>> Second, the properties file defines the name of the file (resources) to be
>> filtered. For instance, I have a template for working with Spring Security
>> in LDAP environment and another template when working when Active
>> Directory; the customer properties file defined the name of the template to
>> use, but in both cases, the result file needs to be
>> applicationContext-security.xml. How can i achieve this? Or is there a way
>> to define conditional profiles so that in the customer .properties file, I
>> would say LDAP or AD, and based on that value, different profile would be
>> used?
> Spring can perfectly handle multiple authentication Manager, if only one is
> configured, one will failed, the other will work.
>> Many thanks for your help
>> Jean-Noël
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