(moving this here, the quoted stuff is from Sacha)
but do we agree that for all services that is deployable through
your system, you have a corresponding MBean that can be used to
perform such action? Is this MBean JSR-77 related (it should IMHO).
There is no "proxy/management mbean" for each deployment now, all operations (upload, create, deploy, undeploy, remove) go through the deployment service.
This is probably a good idea, i.e. keep DeploymentService as a factory and create wrapping proxies for all top-level deployments. Or infact, integrate somehow with the existing management mbeans and enhance their API to add methods like undeploy or remove. I'll need to think about it...
Furthermore, can the deployment process be synchronous (not
Asynchronous like the default deployment mode) and report any issue?
That is something that is currently missing: you cannot report an
error to a client that has launched a deployment operation. This will
be increasingly difficult in the future as we moving towards
clustering deployment and maybe should we directly move to some kind
of "transactional" or "two-steps" deployment where you can first ask
the deployer to "prepare" a deployment (check as much as it can that
the deployment should be ok i.e. that required dependencies,
resources, etc. are available) and then "commit" (i.e. effectively
deploy the service/app). Hence, in a clustered environment, we could
first ask all nodes if a "prepare" is fine and then issue a commit. We
might not want to go to full TX semantic but even a weak clustered
semantic would be better than a simply asynchronous try-and-forget
The implemented API was the simplest possible to do at this stage, in the sense that we re-use the DeploymentScanner. We can emualate short of synchronous behaviour by waiting on the main deployer. If we want to be really synchronous we'll have to re-implement the Scanner functionality and somehow isolate the DeploymentService deployments from the ./deploy dir...
So the question really is, given a new deployment in directory ./undeploy, how we deploy this? Either we give it to the scanner by moving this to ./deploy, (or ./farm, or ./hasingleton...), or we give it directly to the MainDeployer, but then we have to solve the problem how we treat a server start-up. (essentially we'll have to duplicate what the scanner does...)
In any case, my initial intention was to solve the problem of having a deployment "factory", since a deployment in jboss is basically any type of package (.sar, .rar, .xml, .war, .etc). rather than just MBeans.
If you have any ideas let me know!