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Setting up JRebel


Download

I went over to https://zeroturnaround.com/software/jrebel/download/ and downloaded the JRebel standalone archive.

$ unzip jrebel-6.3.3.zip -d /opt
$ cd /opt
$ mv jrebel jrebel-6.3.3
$ ln -s jrebel-6.3.3 jrebel

Activation

/opt/jrebel/bin/activate.sh ~/.jrebel/jrebel.irc

Generate the JRebel XML file

Added this to my project root POM

<profiles>
  <profile>
    <id>jrebel</id>
    <plugin>
      <groupId>org.zeroturnaround</groupId>
      <artifactId>jrebel-maven-plugin</artifactId>
      <version>1.1.5</version>
      <executions>
        <execution>
          <id>generate-rebel-xml</id>
          <phase>process-resources</phase>
          <goals>
            <goal>generate</goal>
          </goals>
        </execution>
      </executions>
    </plugin>
  </profile>
</profiles>

Then ran:

$  mvn -Pjrebel clean package

If you check the JARs and WARs created, they should contain a rebel.xml (no 'j') which points to your source files for that artifact.

Configuring my app server to use JRebel

Added this to my JVM options:

-javaagent:/opt/jrebel/jrebel.jar

Deploy your application as normal

Try it out!

Restart your app server and wathc its log file where system out messages are written. On Tomcat this would be tomcat/logs/catalina.out. You should see lines like these:

2016-02-09 10:57:41 JRebel: Directory
'/home/torstein/src/p4/escenic/engine/branches/5.7-unstable-VF-6385/engine-syndication/target/classes'
will be monitored for changes.
2016-02-09 10:57:41 JRebel: Directory
'/home/torstein/src/p4/escenic/engine/branches/5.7-unstable-VF-6385/engine-api/target/classes'
will be monitored for changes.

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