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= Warbler Warbler is a gem to make a .war file out of a Rails, Merb, or Rack-based application. 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 JRuby-Rack servlet adapter 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 === Rails applications Rails applications are detected automatically and configured appropriately. The following items are set up for you: * The Rails gem is packaged if you haven't vendored Rails. * Other gems configured in Rails.configuration.gems are packaged (Rails 2.1 or later) * Multi-thread-safe execution (as introduced in Rails 2.2) is detected and runtime pooling is disabled. === Merb applications Merb applications are detected automatically, and the merb-core gem and its dependencies are packaged. === Other Rack-based applications If you have a 'config.ru' file in the top directory of your application, its contents will be used as the rackup script for your Rack-based application. You will probably need to specify framework and application gems in config/warble.rb. See http://github.com/nicksieger/jruby-rack/tree/master/examples for examples of how to configure Warbler to package Camping and Sinatra apps. === Configuration auto-detect notes * If you don't have database access in the environment where you package your application, you may wish to set `Warbler.framework_detection` to false at the top of config.rb. In this case you may need to specify additional details such as booter, gems and other settings. * A more accurate way of detecting a Merb application's gems is needed. Until then, you will have to specify them in config/warble.rb. See below. * Is it possible to more generally detect what gems an application uses? Gem.loaded_specs is available, but the application needs to be loaded first before its contents are reliable. === Custom 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. If the default settings are not appropriate for your application, you can customize Warbler's behavior. 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). The generated config/warble.rb file is fully-documented with the available options and default values. === Web.xml Java web applications are configured mainly through this file, and Warbler creates a suitable default file for you for use. 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> and modify as needed. 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>. == Source You can get the Warbler source using Git, in any of the following ways: git clone git://git.caldersphere.net/warbler.git git clone http://git.caldersphere.net/warbler.git git clone git://github.com/nicksieger/warbler.git You can also download a tarball of Warbler source at http://github.com/nicksieger/warbler/tree/master. == License Warbler is provided under the terms of the MIT license. Warbler (c) 2007-08 Sun Microsystems, Inc. Warbler also bundles several other pieces of software for convenience. Please read the file LICENSES.txt to ensure that you agree with the terms of all the components.