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How to use BTM as the transaction manager in Jetty 6.x

These instructions have been verified against BTM 1.1.

Jetty 6 JNDI support


Before you can get the transaction manager and datasources via JNDI ENC (URLs starting with java:comp/), you first need to configure Jetty with support for it.
See Jetty's JNDI documentation page.


Step 1: Copy the BTM jars

Copy the following jars from the BTM distribution to the jetty6 lib/ directory:

  • btm-1.1.jar
  • geronimo-spec-jta-1.0.1B-rc4.jar
  • slf4j-jdk14.jar (or any other one available here)

Step 2: Configure BTM as the transaction manager

Copy the following into your jetty config file:



This will make the transaction manager available under this JNDI URL: java:comp/UserTransaction.

Step 3: Configure DataSources that are transaction aware

The easiest way to do this is to use the DataSource that ship with BTM.

ordering of XML elements


It is recommended that the datasources definitions appear before the transaction manager's one in Jetty's XML configuration. If you don't, recovery will be run on all known datasources each time a new one is created instead of just once at transaction manager's startup.
If this is problematic for you, please let us know by voting for BTM-4.

Here's an example of using BTM with a DataSource that implements javax.sql.XADataSource:

The implements javax.sql.DataSource and interacts with the javax.sql.XADataSource provided in this instance by Derby.



This datasource will be available under this JNDI URL: java:comp/env/jdbc/mydatasource.

If your database vendor does not provide an XADataSource, you can use BTM's as the XADataSource to allow your database connections to be controlled by the transaction manager:



This datasource will be available under this JNDI URL: java:comp/env/jdbc/exampleNonXADS.

Again, we've used Derby as an example, but as the LrcXADataSource uses only the class name and url of a java.sql.Driver, you can use it with any database providing a JDBC driver.

Step 4: Configure datasources references in your web.xml

Before your code can access configured datasources via JNDI ENC URLs, you need to declare resource references in your web.xml:

Now you can perform JNDI lookups on those URLs to access the configured datasources:

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