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= Warbler

Warbler is a gem to make a .war file out of a Rails project. The intent is to provide a minimal,
flexible, ruby-like way to bundle up all of your application files for deployment to a Java
application server.

Warbler provides a sane set of out-of-the box defaults that should allow most Rails applications
without external gem dependencies (aside from Rails itself) to assemble and Just Work.

Warbler bundles JRuby and the Goldspike servlet for dispatching requests to your application inside
the java application server, and assembles all jar files in WARBLER_HOME/lib/*.jar into
your application. No external dependencies are downloaded.

== Getting Started

1. Install the gem: <tt>gem install warbler</tt>.
2. Run warbler in the top directory of your Rails application: <tt>warble</tt>.
3. Deploy your railsapp.war file to your favorite Java application server.

== Usage

Warbler's +warble+ command is just a small wrapper around Rake with internally defined tasks. (Notice
"rake" still prints out in the message, but you should substitute "warble" for "rake" on the command
line when running this way.)

    $ warble -T
    rake config         # Generate a configuration file to customize your war assembly
    rake pluginize      # Unpack warbler as a plugin in your Rails application
    rake war            # Create trunk.war
    rake war:app        # Copy all application files into the .war
    rake war:clean      # Clean up the .war file and the staging area
    rake war:gems       # Unpack all gems into WEB-INF/gems
    rake war:jar        # Run the jar command to create the .war
    rake war:java_libs  # Copy all java libraries into the .war
    rake war:public     # Copy all public HTML files to the root of the .war
    rake war:webxml     # Generate a web.xml file for the webapp

Warble makes heavy use of Rake's file and directory tasks, so only recently updated files will be
copied, making repeated assemblies much faster.

== Configuration

The default configuration puts application files (+app+, +config+, +lib+, +log+, +vendor+, +tmp+)
under the .war file's WEB-INF directory, and files in +public+ in the root of the .war file. Any Java
.jar files stored in lib will automatically be placed in WEB-INF/lib for placement on the web app's
classpath.

To customize files, libraries, and gems included in the .war file, you'll need a config/warble.rb
file. There a two ways of doing this. With the gem, simply run

    warble config

If you have Warbler installed as a plugin, use the generator:

    script/generate warble
    
Finally, edit the config/warble.rb to your taste. If you install the gem but later decide you'd like to have it as a plugin, use the +pluginize+ command:

    warble pluginize

If you wish to upgrade or switch one or more java libraries from what's bundled in the Warbler gem, simply change the jars in WARBLER_HOME/lib, or modify the +java_libs+ attribute of Warbler::Config to include the files you need.

Once Warbler is installed as a plugin, you can use +rake+ to build the war (with the same set of tasks as above).

=== Web.xml

Java web applications are configured mainly through this file, and Warbler creates a suitable default file for you for use with the bundled Goldspike bits.  However, if you need to customize it in any way, you have two options.

1. If you just want a static web.xml file whose contents you manually control, you may copy the one generated for you in <tt>tmp/war/WEB-INF/web.xml</tt> to <tt>config/web.xml</tt>.  It will be copied into the webapp for you.
2. If you want to inject some dynamic information into the file, copy the <tt>WARBLER_HOME/web.xml.erb</tt> to <tt>config/web.xml.erb</tt>.  Its contents will be evaluated for you and put in the webapp.  Note that you can also pass arbitrary properties to the ERb template by setting <tt>config.webxml.customkey</tt> values in your <tt>config/warble.rb</tt> file.

For more information on configuration, see Warbler::Config.

=== Troubleshooting

If Warbler isn't packaging the files you were expecting, there are several debug tasks available to give you more insight into what's going on.

* <tt>war:debug</tt> prints a YAML dump of the current configuration
* <tt>war:debug:X</tt> prints a list of files that Warbler will include during that stage of
  assembly. Valid values of <tt>X</tt> are <tt>app, java_libs, gems, public, includes,
  excludes</tt>.

== Caveats

Warbler requires that RAILS_ROOT will effectively be set to /WEB-INF when running inside the war, while the application public files will be in the root directory.  The purpose is to make the application structure match the Java webapp archive structure, where WEB-INF is a protected directory not visible to the web server.  Because of this change, features of Rails that expect the public assets directory to live in RAILS_ROOT/public may not function properly.  However, we feel that the added security of conforming to the webapp structure is worth these minor inconveniences.

For Rails 1.2.3, the items that may need your attention are:

* Page caching will not work unless you set <tt>ActionController::Base.page_cache_directory = "#{RAILS_ROOT}/.."</tt>
* Asset tag timestamp calculation (e.g., <tt>javascripts/prototype.js?1188482864</tt>) will not happen.  The workaround is to control this manually by setting the RAILS_ASSET_ID environment variable.
* Automatic inclusion of <tt>application.js</tt> through <tt>javascript_include_tag :defaults</tt> will not work.  The workaround is to include it yourself with <tt>javascript_include_tag "application"</tt>.

== Source

Warbler source is not currently located in Rubyforge's SVN.  To get the source:

    svn co http://svn.caldersphere.net/svn/main/rubyforge/warbler/trunk warbler

== License

Warbler is provided under the terms of the MIT license.

    Warbler (c) 2007-08 Nick Sieger <nicksieger@gmail.com>

Warbler also bundles several other pieces of software. Please read the file LICENSES.txt to ensure
that you agree with the terms of all the components.
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