Is The Extension Deployed? How Can I Redeploy?


This is a question that comes up every so often in the forums. Unfortunately there is no place, I am aware of, where this really gets explained and it seems to require the knowledge of mysterious URL’s. Is there an easy way?

I wanted to always blog this, but somehow I just never did. Let’s unveil it now.

Just Starting With Extending RTC?

If you just get started with extending Rational Team Concert, or create API based automation, start with the post Learning To Fly: Getting Started with the RTC Java API’s and follow the linked resources.

You should be able to use the following code in this environment and get your own automation or extension working.

Differences between Tomcat and WebSphere Application Server

The deployment process on Tomcat and WebSphere Application Server (WAS) is basically the same. The folders where you deploy the extension are the same within server/conf/ccm . The mechanisms described below work the same for WAS, except the location of the file built-on.txt.

Internal Tools

The best way to check if a server extension is deployed on a server is to use some Internal Tools. These hidden Internal Tools are also the easiest way to enforce redeployment of the applications and added extensions.

The internal tools can be accessed by injecting the string ?internal=true into the server administration URL for a Jazz application. This makes it available on the Server Administration page. It is possible to append the string above behind the URL for the main administration pages and then open the server administration. If the server administration page is already open and it contains an action the string needs to be injected before the # (hash tag) separating the action from the base URL.

The image below shows the injected string in the server administration page before the action.

InternalTool_Injected

The image below shows the URL when just appending the string before opening a specific server administration page.

InternalTool_1An URL like

 https://<server>:<port>/jazz/admin?internal=true#action=jazz.viewPage&id=com.ibm.team.repository.server

shows the internal tools menu that can then be used to look at data that is usually not revealed.

Use the Component Status menu action to check if an extension is deployed. It opens the Component Status page with all components that are deployed. You can then use the browsers find functionality to search for your extension, or rather the name of the component you chose. If you followed my advice and chose a unique and easy naming schema, you should be able to find it. The image below shows the example of the RTC Extensions Workshop at the end of the list. Searching for rtcext revealed this in no time.

DeployedComponent

If your component does not show up, fix your deployment and try again.

Server Patch Extension

** Update ** Eric suggests another way to be able to see your extension in the comments below. Use the Server Patch Extension – https://jazz.net/wiki/bin/view/Main/ServerPatchExtension so that your plugin is listed on the CCM Admin Page

“Undeploy” or Deploy a Fix or New Version

To get rid of custom extensions, it is necessary to remove the files that belong to the deployed extension and then you have to force a server reset and redeploy. The files that typically belong to a server extension are

  1. The provision profile file. This is a file with extension *.ini  located in the  server\conf\ccm\provision_profiles folder, created for the extension that specifies the feature and its site location
  2. The extension specific site folder usually located in the folder server\conf\ccm\sites  that contains the site.xml and the plug-ins and features in sub folders

To update or deploy a new version you can:

  1. Deploy the new version (overwrite the existing files mentioned above)
  2. Force a server reset and restart the server

This works if the file names and the structure does not change. If you are not sure and you don’t want to leave any remnants you can

  1. Undeploy the old version by removing all deployed files and folders
  2. Deploy the new version
  3. Force a server reset and restart the server

This is the most secure approach.

Force Server Reset and Redeploying using Internal Tools

The runtime of the Jazz servers caches information about deployed applications. If a new version of an application is deployed, the server would not pick that up and would not redeploy it. To enforce redeploying, it is necessary to request a server reset. There are several ways to do that.

One way is to use the Internal Tools and click on the Server Reset menu action. On the page displayed, click the Request Server Reset button. Next time the server is started, all plugins are redeployed.

Force Server Reset and Redeploying – Alternative Approach

If your server is not up, another way to enforce a server reset is to search for the file built-on.txt in the work folder of your application server. If this file is deleted, a server reset is performed the next time the server starts. For Tomcat you can find the file in the work folder of the application.

Built-on

For the traditional WebSphere Application Server you should find the file located somewhere underneath the profile folder.

For the WebSphere Liberty Profile application server, you should find the file located somewhere underneath the workarea folder. E.g. in [Install Dir]\JazzTeamServer\server\liberty\servers\clm\workarea\.

Please note that the built-on.txt file is also located in WEB-INF folder in the WAR file and in the WEB-INF folder of the deflated war file. Don’t delete these files.

Summary

The Internal Tools provide an easy way to find out if a custom component is deployed and to request a server reset.

As always I hope this helps practitioners out there to be more effective.

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About rsjazz

Hi, my name is Ralph. I work for IBM and help colleagues and customers with adopting the Jazz technologies.
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6 Responses to Is The Extension Deployed? How Can I Redeploy?

  1. Sam says:

    On windows I added a batch file to the server folder (where the server-startup script is)
    this of course only works if the server is running on the local machine

    server-reset.bat
    del tomcat\work\Catalina\localhost\ccm\built-on.txt

    you can do the same thing for JTS restart

    del tomcat\work\Catalina\localhost\jts\built-on.txt

  2. ibmamnt says:

    I have always deleted work folder. This is more efficient !

  3. Eric Jodet says:

    Hello,
    I think you may also use Server Patch Extension – https://jazz.net/wiki/bin/view/Main/ServerPatchExtension
    so that your plugin is listed on the CCM Admin Page

    Add the following entry to your plugin:

  4. rsjazz says:

    Many thanks for all the comments. Eric, I will put your suggestion into the blog post.

    Thanks!

  5. Sam says:

    Hi Ralph,

    Thanks so much for your article. I was searching for this sort of thing for ages, but didn’t know the right words to punch into google, jazz.net, IBM, etc to find the solution! This whole wordpress is exactly what I need!

    I still have a problem, however. I am working with Jazz Team Server (jts) v 5.02, mainly for using the requirements management / DOORS-NG area. I have been starting to look at extensions for this purpose and have successfully got the example extensions provided on Jazz.net (https://jazz.net/wiki/bin/view/Main/RMExtensionsExamples502) up and running on a test jts+tomcat server on my local machine.

    My problem is that I when I’ve changed the .js or .css files associated with one of the extensions in the catalogue (specifically the ‘module explorer’/mod-exp.js extension), request a server reset and restart the jts, there are no changes to the mod-exp.js file / it is not redeployed. When I visit the location of the .js file, it remains the same. (https://localhost:9443/extensions/module_explorer/js/mod-exp.js)

    I have reset the server via https://:/jts/admin?internal=true URL, https://:/jts/admin/cmd/resetRequest and by deleting tomcat\work\Catalina\localhost\jts\built-on.txt as per Sam’s comment above. Have you any idea why this is failing for me?

    Thanks once again,
    Sam

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