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Learning Apache Karaf by Heath Kesler, Johan Edstrom, Jamie Goodyear

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Deploying feature descriptors

feature descriptors are XML files that describe how to deploy a group of bundles or other features:

Deploying feature descriptors

It can be thought of as a macro for deployments. It will detail what bundles need to be installed as well as the start level for deployment.

A feature file can be deployed in the following ways:

  • Deployed as a bundle
  • Dropped in the Hot Deploy directory
  • Referenced on startup

The feature definitions may use any of the handlers available from the command line in order to install and start the required bundles. By now you should be able to see the power of features. This means that you can have a complex application with a very ...

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