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log4j: Define a Module Dependency and Use log4j in an Application

What is it?

The log4j quickstart is a simple JSF 2.1 application that shows how to use container defined modules to limit the size of the application package in Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. It also shows how to use common versions of certain classes at runtime.

Applications must often depend on third-party libraries. By default, Java EE packages allow you to include dependencies in a deployable unit which can lead to uncontrolled growth of the deployable unit. This can be avoided by the use of container defined modules. A module is nothing more than a container managed binary dependency which is shared by all deployed applications. For more informatin on class loading and modules please refer to "About Modules and the New Modular Class Loading System used in JBoss EAP 6" in the Development Guide for Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.

This example is very simple. It declares dependency on the Apache Log4j module which allows it to use a custom logging framework. This is achieved with a simple addition to the xml file: src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/jboss-deployment-structure.xml. For more information about this file please refer to the the Development Guide for Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.

System requirements

The application this project produces is designed to be run on Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.1 or later.

All you need to build this project is Java 6.0 (Java SDK 1.6) or later, Maven 3.0 or later.

Configure Maven

If you have not yet done so, you must Configure Maven before testing the quickstarts.

Use of EAP_HOME

In the following instructions, replace EAP_HOME with the actual path to your JBoss EAP 6 installation. The installation path is described in detail here: Use of EAP_HOME and JBOSS_HOME Variables.

Start the JBoss EAP Server

  1. Open a command prompt and navigate to the root of the JBoss EAP directory.
  2. The following shows the command line to start the server:

     For Linux:   EAP_HOME/bin/standalone.sh
     For Windows: EAP_HOME\bin\standalone.bat
    

Build and Deploy the Quickstart

NOTE: The following build command assumes you have configured your Maven user settings. If you have not, you must include Maven setting arguments on the command line. See Build and Deploy the Quickstarts for complete instructions and additional options.

  1. Make sure you have started the JBoss EAP server as described above.
  2. Open a command prompt and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.
  3. Type this command to build and deploy the archive:

     mvn clean install jboss-as:deploy
    
  4. This will deploy target/jboss-log4j.war to the running instance of the server.

Access the application

The application will be running at the following URL: http://localhost:8080/jboss-log4j/.

Undeploy the Archive

  1. Make sure you have started the JBoss EAP server as described above.
  2. Open a command prompt and navigate to the root directory of this quickstart.
  3. When you are finished testing, type this command to undeploy the archive:

     mvn jboss-as:undeploy
    

Run the Quickstart in Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse

You can also start the server and deploy the quickstarts or run the Arquillian tests from Eclipse using JBoss tools. For general information about how to import a quickstart, add a JBoss EAP server, and build and deploy a quickstart, see Use JBoss Developer Studio or Eclipse to Run the Quickstarts

Debug the Application

If you want to debug the source code of any library in the project, run the following command to pull the source into your local repository. The IDE should then detect it.

    mvn dependency:sources

Recent Changelog

  • Mar 4, 2015(Sande Gilda):Bz1198744 Update README JBDS instructions to be more clear
  • Feb 3, 2015(Sande Gilda):Update the quickstart README files to point to the new shared EAP_HOME and Build and Deploy instructions
  • Jan 22, 2015(Sande Gilda):Bz1185085 Update README files to use full product name for JBDS
  • Dec 18, 2014(Sande Gilda):Bz1092026 Update README Target Product metadata value remove Product Versions metadata and make sure the full product name is near the top of the files
  • Nov 21, 2014(Sande Gilda):Bz1166872 Modify README files s JSF 2.0 JSF 2.1
  • Nov 6, 2014(Sande Gilda):Bz1160776 prepare for google search and fix typos
  • Oct 30, 2014(Sande Gilda):Bz1158059 Replace instances of JDBS with JBDS in README and links
  • Sep 30, 2014(Sande Gilda):Bz1144471 Remove Javadocs instructions as the requirement for Javadoc availability was dropped
  • Sep 24, 2014(Sande Gilda):Bz1146050 Add EAP 6.4 to the product version
  • Sep 24, 2014(Sande Gilda):Bz1145962 Update product name to include Red Hat
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