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[NREPL-44] Expose JMX MBean to provide list of available nREPL endpoints Created: 06/Aug/13  Updated: 19/Aug/14

Status: Open
Project: tools.nrepl
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: None
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Type: Enhancement Priority: Trivial
Reporter: Chas Emerick Assignee: Chas Emerick
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0
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In a development environment, one often has many nREPL servers running, sometimes more than one per project. This means that it's sometimes difficult to keep track of which ports are associated with which projects / processes, and existing per-project REPL tracking mechanisms (e.g. Leiningen/reply's repl-port file) are generally not up the job.

It would be great if nREPL exposed a JMX MBean that provided information on each active nREPL server, what URL(s) they'll respond to, and perhaps other details (what middleware is installed on each, etc). Clients could then use JMX to discover all of the nREPL servers on a given host, and present that information in tool-appropriate 'connect' dialogs, etc.

Comment by Alan Effrig [ 08/Aug/13 7:50 PM ]

How do you envision clients discover which processes have nREPL servers? How would it work in practice from the client's point of view? Would the client be responsible for knowing the JMX port & associated configuration? Do you envision this feature applying mainly to clients on the local machine or to any number of hosts?

When I've worked with JMX, part of the battle is knowing the proper port and associated JMX configuration for each process so a client knows how to connect, especially with a variety of processes on a given host. It is even more problematic in the cloud with dozens of servers. And then there is the complication that locally one can sometimes use the Attach API, a mechanism that differs from how JMX is accessed remotely. At the risk of thinking too much, is there any other standard discovery mechanism that might be appropriate to share the JMX port & configuration with potential clients? Would some sort of multicast/cluster mechanism work here?

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