The 'Booter' Mechanism

How to get an running application?

After you have created an appropriate configuration for the booter mechanism it would be helpful if you can package all that stuff together into a single archive which can be shipped to a user. This can be achieved by using the maven-assembly-plugin. For this you need two things. First the configuration part in the pom:

  <plugin>
    <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
    <artifactId>maven-assembly-plugin</artifactId>
    <version>1.9</version>
    <executions>
      <execution>
        <phase>package</phase>
        <goals>
          <goal>single</goal>
        </goals>
      </execution>
    </executions>
    <configuration>
      <descriptor>src/main/assembly/bin.xml</descriptor>
    </configuration>
  </plugin>

and secondly of course the named maven assembly descriptor. file bin.xml:

<assembly
  xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/plugins/maven-assembly-plugin/assembly/1.1.2" 
  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/plugins/maven-assembly-plugin/assembly/1.1.2
  http://maven.apache.org/xsd/assembly-1.1.2.xsd">

  <id>bin</id>
  <formats>
    <format>zip</format>
  </formats>
  <fileSets>
    <fileSet>
      <directory>target/appassembler/repo</directory>
      <outputDirectory>repo</outputDirectory>
      <excludes>
        <exclude>maven-metadata-appassembler.xml</exclude>
      </excludes>
    </fileSet> 
    <fileSet>
      <directory>target/generated-resources/appassembler/booter-unix/etc</directory>
      <outputDirectory>etc</outputDirectory>
      <includes>
        <include>my-server.xml</include>
      </includes>
    </fileSet>
    <fileSet>
      <directory>target/generated-resources/appassembler/booter-unix/bin</directory>
      <outputDirectory>bin</outputDirectory>
      <fileMode>0755</fileMode>
      <lineEnding>unix</lineEnding>
    </fileSet>
    <fileSet>
      <directory>target/generated-resources/appassembler/booter-windows/bin</directory>
      <outputDirectory>bin</outputDirectory>
      <fileMode>0755</fileMode>
      <lineEnding>dos</lineEnding>
    </fileSet>
  </fileSets>
</assembly>

After that you can do a mvn clean package and as a result you should see a package like artifact-version-bin.zip which contains all dependencies etc. and could be started after unpackaging via bin/my-server or bin/my-server.bat unix vs. windows.