This section provides a procedure and an example for deploying configuration files in JAR files.


  1. Jar the files.
  2. Set the GemFire system properties to point to the files as they reside in the jar file.
  3. Include the jar file in your class path.
  4. Verify the jar file copies are the only ones visible to the application at runtime. GemFire searches the class path after searching other locations, so the files cannot be available in the other search areas.
  5. Start your application. The configuration file is loaded from the jar file.

Example of Deploying a Configuration JAR

The following example deploys the cache configuration file, myCache.xml, in my.jar. The following displays the contents of my.jar:

% jar -tf my.jar 

In this example, you would perform the following steps to deploy the configuration jar file:

  1. Set the system property gemfire.cache-xml-file to myConfig/myCache.xml.
  2. Set your class path to include my.jar.
  3. Verify there is no file already in the filesystem named ./myConfig/myCache.xml, so GemFire will be forced to search the jar file to find it.

When you start your application, the configuration file is loaded from the jar file.

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