OpenShift 2.3.0.M5 What's New

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OpenShift Server

OpenShift server adapter

The server adapter for OpenShift has changed from previous versions. Previously OpenShift was an possible AS7 behavior, but that made it hard/impossible to use together with other application types such as PHP & Ruby.

In this release OpenShift is its own server type and does not have hard dependencies to AS7 anymore.

If you used the old server adapter then you should delete the old and create a new via the OpenShift Express Application wizard to get the updated server type.

openshift server adapter

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Tail files/logs

You can now tail the live logs from the remote JBossAS7 instance running on OpenShift right into your Eclipse Console view. This feature is available from the "Show In>Remote Console" contextual menu item of the Server Adapter associated with your OpenShift Application.

Show In Remote Console

This works in the same manner as the 'rhc-tail-files' command line tool, which means that the underlying action issues a single 'ssh tail' command on the remote VM, and thus may prompt you for the passphrase associated with your OpenShift SSH Key if it was not previously loaded during the Eclipse session.

Both the 'boot.log' and 'server.log' will be shown in the console, including their 100 previous lines.

Remote Console

You can stop the 'ssh tail' command from the console by clicking on the 'Close Console' button.

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OpenShift Express Application Wizard

Use Existing Projects

The OpenShift Express Application wizard previously only allowed you to import the existing application installed to OpenShift into your workspace.

It was then up to you to merge the demo with your own application and push things to the OpenShift PaaS. Our tooling did not assist you in that case.

M5 we now support to setup your own application directly for deployment to OpenShift. Just uncheck "Create New Project" and choose an existing project from your workspace, that you want to publish to OpenShift. The wizard will then copy OpenShift configurations and enable git on the project. You'll then be able to push it to OpenShift via git or let the OpenShift Server Adapter do that job for you.

push existing project

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Embed Cartridges You can now manage cartridges for your OpenShift applition directly from JBoss Tools. Cartridges add capabilities to your application. A typical usecase is to add a mysql database. You allow your application to use a mysql database by embedding the mysql cartridge to it. The OpenShift Express Application wizard will list all available cartridges and allow you to add/remove cartridges at will.

embed cartridge

Embed Jenkins OpenShift now has support for Jenkins, turning OpenShift into an Continous Integration server. Anytime you push changes to OpenShift, a jenkins CI server will build your application. The OpenShift Express Application wizard allows you to embed the jenkins client. It will verify behind the scenes that you already have a jenkins application and prompt you to create one if you haven't yet.

create jenkins

Credentials and url of your new jenkins instance will get reported to you - keep those for future reference.

jenkins creation log

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Maven pom.xml editor

New OpenShift Express profile template If you want to deploy your Web application to OpenShift Express, you will need to define an openshift maven profile. It basically configures the maven build to generate a ROOT.war archive in the deployments folder of your project.

In the pom.xml editor, create a <profiles> section if it doesn't exist and press CTRL+<space> to trigger auto-completion, an OpenShift Express Maven profile template is now available :

new OpenShift Express maven profile template

Press enter to select and insert the openshift profile in your pom.xml.

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OpenShift Express REST client

REST Client We developed a client for the OpenShift Express REST service in M4. It offers most features that are currently available in the rhc-* command line tools (create/rename a domain, create/destroy applications, list all existing applications, available cartridges, read the application log, embed cartridges etc.).
We moved it to github and joined forces with the OpenShift team. The official client is now maintained at

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