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Status Delivered
Workspace WebSphere Liberty
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 4, 2017

Allow the use of host sytem environment variables in server.env: Shell and variable expansion should be supported

System: WebSphere Liberty Profile
Actor: Automated deployment relying on config information provided by runtime platform (i.e. linux server or container)

As WebSphere Liberty is heavily used in cloud contexts, configuration options that need to be configured in the server.env file should allow the use of shell variables.

Currently this is not supported:
https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSAW57_8.5.5/com.ibm.websphere.wlp.nd.doc/ae/twlp_admin_customvars.html


Description: As we do not want to create custom packaged servers that require different config in server.env (e.g. hostName, rack, logDirectory, etc.), it should be able to consume them from the servers environment.

Idea priority Medium
RFE ID 103332
RFE URL
RFE Product WebSphere Application Server
  • Guest
    Jan 18, 2022

    You should open a new RFE for your alternative solution. This RFE is implemented in 22.0.0.1.

  • Guest
    Jan 7, 2022

    I have an alternative view on this: Remove server.env completely in cloud environments and inject all of the environment variables you need into the JVM at runtime. This has served us well except for desktop environments. There, you need to specify the environment variables somehow and the tooling has no way to do this as there are no launch configurations to start Liberty. Our only alternative is to create a server.env and then DO NOT package it into the usr package for distribution. Perhaps the "server package" command can be enhanced for this?