Tutorial :Is Struts 2 available as an OSGi bundle?


I have a server application that consists of multiple OSGi bundles, some mine, some third-party. One of the bundles provides a web frontend using Struts. The necessary Struts libraries live inside the web front-end bundle.

Now I want to add a second bundle that provides another web front-end, with different dependencies and a very different use case. I want to use Struts for that bundle, too, but I don't want to put the same libraries into two bundles.

With OSGi, it should be no problem to separate the Struts libs in a bundle of their own and use that from both my bundles. However, I couldn't find Struts packaged that way.

Some quick googling and a look at the Struts homepage didn't yield anything. I could find a plugin for Struts to run an OSGi container inside Struts, but that's not what I want.


Take a look at the current struts bundles on http://repo2.maven.org/maven2/org/apache/struts/struts2-core/2.1.6/.

If you download struts2-core-2.1.6.jar for example, extract it and take a look at META-INF/MANIFEST.MF you'll see that it does contain OSGI headers (Import-Package, Export-Package, Bundle-*):

C:\TMP\META-INF>more MANIFEST.MF  Manifest-Version: 1.0  Archiver-Version: Plexus Archiver  Created-By: 1.5.0_10 (Sun Microsystems Inc.)  Built-By: musachyb  Build-Jdk: 1.5.0_10  Bundle-License: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.txt  Import-Package: com.opensymphony.xwork2;version="2.1",com.opensymphon   <SNIP>  Bnd-LastModified: 1231185746365  Export-Package: org.apache.struts2.views.xslt;uses:="javax.servlet.ht  Bundle-Version: 2.1.6   <SNIP>  Bundle-Description: Apache Struts 2  Bundle-Name: Struts 2 Core  Bundle-DocURL: http://www.apache.org  Bundle-ManifestVersion: 2  Bundle-Vendor: Apache Software Foundation  Bundle-SymbolicName: org.apache.struts.struts2-core  Tool: Bnd-0.0.255  

No idea how you go about using them within an OSGi app - but in theory you can atleast reference them and do "stuff"!! :)


Is this what you are looking for?: http://cwiki.apache.org/S2PLUGINS/osgi-plugin.html


Using Maven, it is very easy to create an OSGi bundle from any library. Since Struts is already available as an OSGi-Bundle in the central Maven repository (see accepted answer), I put that solution in a separate question & answer post.


take a look at these links, i hope you find them a little helpful don brown's web blog

and read this article it may be helpful java lobby: Modularizing existing web applications with OSGi

well i think you would have to make the wrapping task yourself .


Struts is a framework for the Servlet Container (distributed component architecture). oSGI is also a distributed component architecture.

I think your best bet may be to take a look at oscar http service and based on oscar's code see how they have mapped the oscar HttpService, context, etc. to jetty servlet container. And then port the struts framework to run on top of the embedded jetty.

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