Remote DAR install

A usual challenge when trying to automate Documentum operations is how to streamline the installation of dar files. These are done via a huge application (composer, basically a customized eclipse) that teams usually mount into some container / server to run these intalls.

However, there’s a simpler way to get this to work: by using a REST endpoint.

1. Create a method to run the dar intall from the content server by running a command line script:

java -Ddfc.keystore.file=$DOCUMENTUM/config/dfc.keystore -Ddar=$1.dar -Dlogpath=/tmp/darinstaller.log -Ddocbase=$2 -Duser=dmadmin -Ddomain= -Dpassword=dmadmin -cp $DM_HOME/install/composer/ComposerHeadless/startup.jar org.eclipse.core.launcher.Main -data $DM_HOME/install/composer/workspace -application org.eclipse.ant.core.antRunner -buildfile $DM_HOME/install/composer/deploy.xml

Note that this is an example where we’re willingly ignoring the user/password authentication as this will be delegated to the REST call.

2. Create a REST extention point to run this. This a simple example of the controller class:

public ContentfulObject createObject(@PathVariable("repositoryName") final String repositoryName,  @RequestBody final InstallDarInfo createObject,  @TypedParam final SingleParam param,  @RequestUri final UriInfo uriInfo)
        throws Exception {

    createObject.addAttribute(new Attribute("object_name",createObject.getDar()));

    ContentfulObject result = sysObjectManager.createSysObjectUnderParentFolder(createObject, "/Temp/installDAR", true, param.getAttributeView());

    Map<String, Object> params = Collections.singletonMap(ViewParams.POST_FROM_COLLECTION, (Object) true);  

    runInstallDARMethod(repositoryName, result.getId(), (String)result.getAttributeByName("object_name"),"/Temp/installDAR") ;
    return (ContentfulObject) getRenderedObject(repositoryName, (ContentfulObject)result, param.isLinks(), uriInfo, params);

private void runInstallDARMethod(String repository, String objectId, String fileName, String folderPath) throws DfException {

    String dqlMethod="execute do_method with method='m_InstallDAR', arguments='"+ objectId + " " + fileName + " " + repository + " " + folderPath + "', launch_async=true, run_as_server=true";
    this.queryEngine.execute(QueryResultItem.class, dqlMethod+";", QueryType.QUERY, 0, 100);

As you can see, this simply takes the file attached to the REST call, stores it on a temporary folder on the repository, and then calls the method to run this.

With this, you can also handle something that, if you’ve played with Documentum cloud images, you might have already realized that OT engineers do not know: The additional artifacts that come with DAR files (install parameters, locales, referenced dar files, etc. The usual stuff “nobody” uses in the real world). Also, you can process several files (ie: zip file containing everything needed to install), you can store the output log, return the log, use different build files depending on your needs, etc.

However, this still presents a challenge: you need to deploy this on DCTM-REST and create a method to run the script that needs to be placed on the CS.

So, is there anything else we can do? Yes 😀

From a couple versions back (20.x?) Documentum has included a JMS servlet to run DAR installs (InstallDarServlet). This is a rather “simple” class that basically receives a couple of parameters (repository, user, login ticket and an object_id from a dar file existing in the repository) and it will run a simple dar install. This servlets presents “great room for improvement”, so you can create a class with the same name and package, copy the code (so you don’t break whatever OT is using this for) and then add a handler for a multipart REST message which does everything we’ve discussed before and then replace this class on the CS. By doing this you will get:

  1. Simplest deployment for deploying DAR files automatically (just replacing one class and restarting JMS, as the servlet is already present on web.xml)
  2. You really don’t need to store anything on the repository, this can be run synchronously (be aware of long running DAR installations) and return the whole log, or you can store everything in the repository as audit trail.
  3. You can handle install parameters, locales, referenced dar files, etc. (which again, seems something that OT engineering have never heard of, who really uses locales? everyone loves systems on English :D)
  4. You can control the access to this servlet via user/password, by allowing only certaing IPs to call it and using trusted login to install DAR files, etc

Multiple environments with Composer

Similar to the previous posts about configuring dqMan/DQLTester (Multiple environments with dqMan/DQLTester) and tomcat (Multiple environments with Tomcat/DA), Composer can be launched the same way:

Folder structure:

  • composer.bat
  • properties
    • env1
      • dev
      • prod
    • env2
      • dev
      • prod
  • etc.


@Echo off

SET composerfolder=path to composer folder<span id="mce_SELREST_start" style="overflow:hidden;line-height:0;">&#65279;</span>
SET folderbase=dfcproperties

echo ****************
echo 1. env1 dev
echo 2. env2 prod
echo ****************

SET /p var= ^&gt; Choose option:

if "%var%"=="1" goto op1
if "%var%"=="2" goto op2

SET JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS=%parambase%%cd%\%folderbase%\env1\dev\
goto finish

SET JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS=%parambase%%cd%\%folderbase%\env1\prod\
goto finish


start "" /D %composerfolder% /B %composerfolder%\composer.exe

Composer/Repoint plugins/guides


This is a list of plugins/guides I’ve developed over the years:

This Composer plugin provides a button that allows you to quickly change your configuration from a configurable list enabling the use different environments so you don’t have to use different composers or manually change

This guide will help you integrate repoint into your composer (as a perspective), so you don’t need to have multiple eclipse’s instances opened at the same time.

While repoints allows you to run API scripts from the API commands windows, it doesn’t work with DQL scripts. This plugin modifies the DQL command window so it will recognize the script sintax (@absolute_path_to_script_file)

This plugin modifies the DQL command window in repoint so you can use the auto-complete feature with default/custom document types and attributes while you type the DQL query.