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HCP, Maven and CI


I am playing around with the HCP maven plugin in a CI setup. My WAR app is exposing a JPA as OData via Olingo. When I want to execute my jMeter tests, they always fail. All my test are done locally, no cloud deploy (yet)

I seems that the local install of the WAR finishes too early. Maven set ups the local Neo instance, copies the WAR and then starts the jMeter tests. Neo takes a while to pick up the WAR, install and initialize it. During the setup time of the WAR, the jMeter tests are already executed and the local JEE server won`t send a waiting response.

When I only run the pre-integration target, Neo is installed, WAR copied, and after a while (2 minutes), the web application can be accessed by browser and works.

Now, is this just me? I am doing something wrong? Or do I have to wait for 1, 2 or more minutes until the WAR is 100% deployed and working?

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    Apr 05, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Hi Tobias,

    there is no default way to determine whether an application deployed to a local server is running and ready for testing.

    The sample applications contained in the SDK available on the Tools Page demonstrate a Maven CI setup similar to yours.

    They utilize the waitUrl parameter in the start-local command.

    If provided the start-local command will block until the provided URL returns a 2xx response or the waitUrlTimeout is exceeded.

    This way you can ping any URL of your application to check if it is up, initialized and ready for testing.

    Regards, Eckart

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    • Thanks for helping.

      I was playing with the waitUrl parameter before, but I confess I do not really like it, but at least it works :-)

      I will have to validate this with a pure tomcat scenario, but I think that as soon as tomcat starts deploying a WAR, the URL is responsive and a client will wait (until a timeout is reached there too). At least this is what I recall from deploying WAR files to tomcat via maven.