Launch Equinox and pass commands via wrapper application

Christian Marco <>
Wed, 25 Mar 2009 03:05:58 -0700 (PDT)
Hi folks,

I have some trouble implementing a wrapper application to launch a
Equinox framework. We have a OSGi console application based on
declarative services: five Runnable and one CommandProvider
implementations. As soon as the framework is launched the user must
enter a command: either "run" to run all bundles sequentually or some
other commands to run specific single bundles.

Everything worked just fine but now requirements changed: Now we want
to have that tool "autostartable" which means we need to run
everything without any user interaction. Our first thoughts were to
simply implement a wrapper application that
a) launches the framework according to our configuration/config.ini
b) passes all vmargs to the framework
c) provides that "run" command
d) collects the value of a System.setProperty(...) done by the OSGi
application (global flag to indicate an bundle error)
e) exits with System.exit(code) where code is the value from d)

I've been trying around a little with the following but not succeeding
in starting the correct framework.

import org.eclipse.osgi.baseadaptor.BaseAdaptor;
import org.eclipse.osgi.framework.adaptor.FrameworkAdaptor;
import org.eclipse.osgi.framework.internal.core.OSGi;

private static final String m_bundleLocation = "";
private static final String m_configLocation = "configuration";
private static OSGi m_osgiInstance = null;

// main method blabla

public static void launchFramework() {
System.setProperty("osgi.install.area", m_bundleLocation);
System.setProperty("osgi.configuration.area", m_configLocation);
FrameworkAdaptor adaptor = new BaseAdaptor(null);
m_osgiInstance = new OSGi(adaptor);
m_osgiInstance.launch(); }

Some questions I have now:
- if I start that wrapper application giving it some -Dargs, are those
visible to the OSGi framework too or do I have to pass them? same
question other way round: can I collect arguments set by the framework
(i.e. a global bundle error flag)
- how do I launch a framework using a given config.ini from within
that wrapper application?
- and most of all: how do I provide that "run" command to the

Can anyone help?


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