[cdi-dev] [JBoss JIRA] (CDI-218) Honor WEB-INF/classes/META-INF/beans.xml to activate WEB-INF/classes a bean archive

Dan Allen (JIRA) jira-events at lists.jboss.org
Mon Feb 20 10:51:36 EST 2012

Dan Allen created CDI-218:

             Summary: Honor WEB-INF/classes/META-INF/beans.xml to activate WEB-INF/classes a bean archive
                 Key: CDI-218
                 URL: https://issues.jboss.org/browse/CDI-218
             Project: CDI Specification Issues
          Issue Type: Feature Request
          Components: Packaging and Deployment
            Reporter: Dan Allen
            Priority: Minor

Chapter 12.1 specifies that beans.xml must be in the WEB-INF directory of a web archive to activate the WEB-INF/classes directory of that war as a bean archive (and thus make java:comp/BeanManager visible to the web app).

However, many developers find this location both confusing and inconvenient at times. The instinct of many developers is to put the beans.xml in WEB-INF/classes/META-INF since that follows the convention that applies to library jars.

Obviously, we cannot break backwards compatibility. Therefore, this issue proposes to honor either location in the war:

- WEB-INF/beans.xml
- WEB-INF/classes/META-INF/beans.xml

If both files are present, the WEB-INF/beans.xml should take precedence and a warning is recommended. (Merging them is not likely the behavior that a developer would want).

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