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14 May 2009

Project Darkstar

I recently had this conversation with Owen (rest of the conversation is here):

Owen F. Kellett to meLink

Wed, May 6, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Hi Malachi,

I haven't forgotten about you. Good news though. We have recently gotten approval to make the server api as well as the interfaces for writing custom services, authenticators, etc GPLv2 + classpath exception. We haven't updated the code yet, but this is coming very soon. I would anticipate the next official release should contain this new licensing scheme. In the meantime, keep an eye on our incremental releases:

Either the next one, or the one following will likely have this change.

thanks, Owen

Malachi de Ælfweald to Owen

Wed, May 6, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Hey Owen,

That is great news! So if I am understanding correctly, that will allow me to specify the sgs-server-api as a maven dependency without dropping the MIT licensing on my game?

Thanks, Malachi de Ælfweald

Owen F. Kellett to me

Wed, May 6, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Yes that is correct. The classpath exception should free you from the requirement of using GPL for any linked code.

Based on that, I decided it was time to move forward with the darkstar-based projects...

Since I have a Hudson server, I decided to let it keep track of how to make it successfully build...

At first I was trying to build with JDK7, but it kept failing on the Javadoc module saying that the jars had invalid characters in it. That went away once I changed to JDK6. I also had to tell it to skip the tests, because one of them just hung forever...

The Hudson job for the server is here.
The Hudson job for the client is here.
The Hudson job for the maven plugin is here.

The distributables were delivered to Nexus.

I created a new user on the server ('darkstar'/'darkstar') and unzipped the

I then created a symlink (/home/darkstar/current to /home/darkstar/sgs-server-dist-0.9.10-SNAPSHOT)

I don't know if it is correct, but I made this SMF manifest for it.

darkstar@kallisti [0] ~> svccfg import hudson.xml

darkstar@kallisti [0] ~> svcs -xv
svc:/application/darkstar:default (Project Darkstar Server)
State: maintenance since Thu May 14 23:37:36 2009
Reason: Restarting too quickly.
See: /var/svc/log/application-darkstar:default.log
Impact: This service is not running.

darkstar@kallisti [0] ~> cat /var/svc/log/application-darkstar:default.log
WARNING: No application jar found with a META-INF/ configuration file in the /home/darkstar/sgs-server-dist-0.9.10-SNAPSHOT/deploy directory
May 14, 2009 11:37:36 PM com.sun.sgs.impl.kernel.Kernel checkProperties
SEVERE: Missing required property
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Missing required property
at com.sun.sgs.impl.kernel.Kernel.checkProperties(
at com.sun.sgs.impl.kernel.Kernel.(
at com.sun.sgs.impl.kernel.Kernel.main(
[ May 14 23:37:36 Stopping because all processes in service exited. ]
[ May 14 23:37:36 Restarting too quickly, changing state to maintenance. ]

Guess it's time to build an app...

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