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Upgrade from Glassfish 4.1 #6230

scolapasta opened this issue Sep 30, 2019 · 3 comments


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commented Sep 30, 2019

Dataverse is currently running on a (modified) Glassfish 4.1. This has served us well, but is old and no longer actively supported. Especially in light of the upcoming DataTags integration, we want to upgrade to a new app server for security uogrades, as well as being able to leverage newer features (e.g. Config API) and enable upgrades of other core technology (e.g. Java EE 7 -> Jakarta EE 8).

There are a few options to explore. Some work has already been done for Payara 5, and this tickets will serve for both for the evaluation of that and some other candidates (TomEE, Glassfish 5, Wildfly), and the actual upgrade.

Note that I'm closing this old issue #2628 with a very similar title, as that is several years old now and was originally about upgrading to 4.1.1.

Let's use this issue going forward for comments related to upgrading from glassfish 4.1.

(per request, also adding a link to the GH project that references subtasks related to this upgrade:

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commented Sep 30, 2019

@scolapasta may I ask you to link to the GH project? We can rename it to be more technology neutral if it is too Payaraish (too much badass 🐟).

Looking forward to the next community call on this. 😄


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commented Sep 30, 2019

Thanks for creating, @scolapasta! I'll put a "Large" on this (any objections? :)) and move it to the team dev column so that we can regularly discuss progress in standup.

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commented Sep 30, 2019

I'm excited to see the following candidates on the list above:

  • Payara
  • Glassfish 5
  • TomEE
  • Wildfly

I think we should also consider one more:

  • Open Liberty

My reasoning for including Open Liberty is twofold.

First, if you go to and follow the links from the announcement of Jakarta EE 8 to the list of compatible products, Open Liberty is a compatible implementation (Payara is not yet listed but I'm sure will be).

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Second, the "fast-deployment maven plugin" mentioned in airhacks 47 and lots of other Open Liberty goodies mentioned in airhacks 32 also sounded awesome:

Finally, as is my wont, I made a spreadsheet so we can start organizing our thoughts on the various candidates:

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