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4.3. Deploying Configuration Files

Another common scenario is deploying configuration files to an application server (or even another resource, like a platform), using bundles.
This is very similar to deploying a web application. If JBoss ON deploys a bundle to a given directory, it expects to manage the content within that directory and all content within any subdirectories defined in the bundle. With configuration files, it is critical that you understand and include all of the configuration files in the bundle or critical files could be removed.
For example, an administrator creates a bundle to deploy two configuration files:
  • New login configuration, in server/default/conf/login-config/xml
  • New JMX console users, in server/default/conf/props/
The root directory is the conf/ directory for the application server.
Bundle Details

The bundle must contain all of the files that are expected to be in the conf/login-config/ and conf/props/ subdirectories, not just the two new files that the administrator wants to use. Additionally, the manageRootDir parameter in the recipe must be set to false so that all of the existing configuration files in the root directory, conf/, are preserved.

File Handling Details

As with deploying a web app, the intent is to add new content, not to replace existing content. Setting manageRootDir=false only preserves files outside the bundle deployment. However, because there are two subdirectories defined in the bundle, JBoss ON will manage all of the content in those subdirectories. This means:

  • The recipe has to have manageRootDir=false set for the bundle to preserve the other files in the conf/ root directory.
  • Any files in the subdirectories of the bundle — conf/log-config/ and conf/props/ — will be overwritten when the bundle is deployed. The provisioning process can ignore files in the root directory, but it always manages (meaning, updates, adds, or deletes) files in any subdirectories identified in the bundle so that they match the content of the bundle.
  • Existing files in the conf/log-config/ and conf/props/ subdirectories must be included in the bundle distribution.


There is an alternative to including all of the configuration files in the bundle distribution.
The bundle, containing only the new files, could be deployed to a separate directory, like /opt/bundle/. Then, an Ant post-install task can be defined in the recipe that copies the configuration files from the root directory into the application server's conf/ directory.