Monday, 20 April 2009

Symbolic Linking ahoy!

Learned a handy new trick today! I was trying to roll out some pre-prepared Jboss servers with some symbolically linked directories. I completely forgot that when you unzip these that the symbolic linking is gone.

A quick hopeful trip to the man page for zip reveals this:

-y Store symbolic links as such in the zip archive, instead of compressing and storing the file referred to by the link (UNIX only).

They think of everything :). It's little things like this that remind me to RTFM before I go and blindly do things.

As a side note, applying customer patches for Jboss-eap-4.3 is not as straight forward as it should be. You effectively have to roll out brand new servers and their associated server instances and then copy your applications and configurations across (making sure of course that they're customer patch compatible). Jboss responded and say they're going to try and do better the next customer patch, will be interesting to see if they succeed...

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