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Configuration file history

The management operations may modify the model. When this occurs the xml backing the model is written out again reflecting the latest changes. In addition a full history of the file is maintained. The history of the file goes in a separate directory under the configuration directory.

As mentioned in Command line parameters#parameters the default configuration file can be selected using a command-line parameter. For a standalone server instance the history of the active standalone.xml is kept in jboss.server.config.dir/standalone_xml_history (See Command line parameters#standalone_system_properties for more details). For a domain the active domain.xml and host.xml histories are kept in jboss.domain.config.dir/domain_xml_history and jboss.domain.config.dir/host_xml_history.

The rest of this section will only discuss the history for standalone.xml. The concepts are exactly the same for domain.xml and host.xml.

Within standalone_xml_history itself following a successful first time boot we end up with three new files:
*standalone.initial.xml - This contains the original configuration that was used the first time we successfully booted. This file will never be overwritten. You may of course delete the history directory and any files in it at any stage.
*standalone.boot.xml - This contains the original configuration that was used for the last successful boot of the server. This gets overwritten every time we boot the server successfully.
*standalone.last.xml - At this stage the contents will be identical to standalone.boot.xml.  This file gets overwritten each time the server successfully writes the configuration, if there was an unexpected failure writing the configuration this file is the last known successful write.

standalone_xml_history contains a directory called current which should be empty. Now if we execute a management operation that modifies the model, for example adding a new system property using the CLI:

[standalone@localhost:9999 /] /system-property=test:add(value="test123")
{"outcome" => "success"}

What happens is:

When restarting the server, any existing standalone_xml_history/current directory is moved to a new timestamped folder within the standalone_xml_history, and a new current folder is created. These timestamped folders are kept for 30 days.


In addition to the backups taken by the server as described above you can manually take take snapshots which will be stored in the snapshot folder under the _xml_history folder, the automatic backups described above are subject to automatic house keeping so will eventually be automatically removed, the snapshots on the other hand can be entirely managed by the administrator.

You may also take your own snapshots using the CLI:

[standalone@localhost:9999 /] :take-snapshot
    "outcome" => "success",
    "result" => {"name" => "/Users/kabir/jboss-7.0.0.CR1/standalone/configuration/standalone_xml_history/snapshot/20110630-172258657standalone.xml"}

You can also use the CLI to list all the snapshots

[standalone@localhost:9999 /] :list-snapshots
    "outcome" => "success",
    "result" => {
        "directory" => "/Users/kabir/jboss-7.0.0.CR1/standalone/configuration/standalone_xml_history/snapshot",
        "names" => [

 To delete a particular snapshot:

[standalone@localhost:9999 /] :delete-snapshot(name="20110630-165714239standalone.xml")
{"outcome" => "success"}

and to delete all snapshots:

[standalone@localhost:9999 /] :delete-snapshot(name="all")
{"outcome" => "success"}

In domain mode executing the snapshot operations against the root node will work against the domain model. To do this for a host model you need to navigate to the host in question:

[domain@localhost:9999 /] /host=master:list-snapshots
    "outcome" => "success",
    "result" => {
        "domain-results" => {"step-1" => {
            "directory" => "/Users/kabir/jboss-7.0.0.CR1/domain/configuration/host_xml_history/snapshot",
            "names" => [
        "server-operations" => undefined

Subsequent Starts

For subsequent server starts it may be desirable to take the state of the server back to one of the previously known states, for a number of items an abbreviated reverence to the file can be used: -






This will start the server using the initial configuration first used to start the server.



This will use the configuration from the last successful boot of the server.



This will start the server using the configuration backed up from the last successful save.



This will server the _xml_history/current folder for the configuration where ? is the number of the backup to use.

???? - ?????

--server-config=???? - ?????

The server will be started after searching the snapshot folder for the configuration which matches this prefix.

In addition to this the --server-config parameter can always be used to specify a configuration relative to the jboss.server.config.dir and finally if no matching configuration is found an attempt to locate the configuration as an absolute path will be made.

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