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From Felix Röthenbacher (JIRA) <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (MYFACES-2290) Add OSGi bundle information and bundle classloader / activator
Date Wed, 28 Oct 2009 01:07:59 GMT


Felix Röthenbacher commented on MYFACES-2290:

What do you understand by the patch breaking the binary compatibility to the RI? Adding new
classes won't break binary compatibility to the RI as it doesn't change any existing API nor
does it affect the RI in any other ways.

Could you please explain what you mean by binary compatibility to the RI?

Another thing I want to point out as you're looking into this: both the myfaces-api and myfaces-impl
contain a package called "javax.faces". This will result in a split package in OSGi world
and the files in myfaces-impl bundle won't be found from myfaces-api

Otherwise, I don't know of a way of getting the BundleContext without a BundleActivator. If
adding the classes provided in the patch proves to be a real problem it appears to me that
JSF is not osgifyable.

> Add OSGi bundle information and bundle classloader / activator
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MYFACES-2290
>                 URL:
>             Project: MyFaces Core
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: General
>    Affects Versions: 1.2.8-SNAPSHOT
>         Environment: OSGi (Equinox, Apache Felix, ...)
>            Reporter: Felix Röthenbacher
>            Assignee: Leonardo Uribe
>            Priority: Critical
>         Attachments: myfaces-core.diff.txt, myfaces-shared.diff.txt
> The provided patch will add OSGi information to bundle manifest. A bundle activator class
makes the MyFaces framework aware that it is running in a bundle environment. A bundle classloader
is used to load classes and resources from the bundle classpath. The patch doesn't require
any new runtime dependencies and doesn't affect class loading in a non-OSGi environment. Though,
small modifications to classloading were needed. This was mainly replacing Thread.currentThread.getContextClassLoader()
with ClassUtils methods.
> To run MyFaces in an OSGi environment both bundles (myfaces-api and myfaces-impl) have
to be started in the OSGi container. Additionally, the myfaces-impl bundle has to be made
available to myfaces-api. Use a fragment bundle with myfaces-api as Fragment-Host and myfaces-impl
as Required-Bundle.

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