JBoss CLI Examples: Useful for Wildfly/JBoss-AS Maven Plugins

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Ever wanted to use the afterDeploymentor beforeDeploymenttags of wildfly (or jboss-as) maven plugins? Example:

The tags there are following the format command, which are JBoss “CLI” (Command Line Interface) commands.

Example Commands

Is is quite difficult to find documentation for those commands (that’s pretty much the reason I wrote this). As a starting point, you can find several recipes/examples in WildFly CLI Recipes page, they have lots of commands you can try.

Make sure you also check http://jtips.info/index.php?title=WildFly/cli - lots of examples there as well.

How to try the commands/recipes out?

To start the CLI (Command Line Interface), go to your WildFly/JBoss instalation’s bin/ folder and run jboss-cli(.bat). Your server instance must be online.

The commands usually, but not always, follow the format /child-node-type=name:command(args)

Where :command can be:

  • :read-resouce
  • :add
  • :remove
  • :write-attribute(name=ATTRIBUTE_NAME,value=ATTRIBUTE_VALUE)
  • others… (I don’t know them all, but there are others for sure, depending on the node type)

If you’re lost: /:read-children-types

Pretty much one of the most useful commands: /:read-children-types. It shows all kind of nodes you can work with, and from there on, dive! Here’s how it could go:

[standalone@localhost:9990 /] /:read-children-types
    "outcome" => "success",
    "result" => [
    "response-headers" => {"process-state" => "reload-required"}

And then you can take any children-type, say "subsystem" and list:

[standalone@localhost:9990 /] /:read-children-names(child-type=subsystem)
    "outcome" => "success",
    "result" => [
    "response-headers" => {"process-state" => "reload-required"}

Or "core-service":

[standalone@localhost:9990 /] /:read-children-names(child-type=core-service)

And son on! After finding the node you want to change, pick a command and touché!

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