@Since Payara Server 5.193
The auto-naming feature is an asadmin feature added to help with the naming of instances, deployment groups, and other resources by resolving name conflicts and auto-generating names for dynamic resources.
The autoname option is enabled either by specifying
-a on the command line before or after the
command name. This is technically an asadmin option rather than a command parameter so
should be specified before the command name - it will however still accept being specified after the
command name (see examples).
Although it should work in most cases, there are some circumstances in which specifying the
When enabled, this feature allows commands that accept
String names as their primary parameter (the parameter that you
don’t have to specify, e.g. the
instancename parameter for the
create-instance command) to generate a name.
To automatically generate a name for your instances or resources, simply enable the autoname option and omit
providing a name (example below).
Specifically for the
create-local-instance commands, the autoname option can also be used to
automatically resolve any name conflicts. When resolving a name conflict, Payara Server Enterprise will simply
append a new name to the existing name, like so:
When creating an instance from the admin console, there is a new Auto Name checkbox present, which performs the same conflict resolution function as the autoname CLI option.
|This checkbox does not currently allow you to generate an instance name from scratch - it simply resolves any name conflicts.|
It should be stressed that these options are optional and disabled by default - if you wish to retain the original behaviour of prompting for a name or refusing to create an instance due to a name conflict, no action is necessary.
asadmin -a create-instance --node localhost-domain1 -> BemusedCatfish created asadmin create-local-instance --node localhost-domain1 --autoname -> ConfusedCarp created asadmin create-instance --node localhost-domain1 -> Please enter an instance name: instance1 -> instance1 created asadmin create-instance --node localhost-domain1 -> Please enter an instance name: instance1 -> command failed: instance name already in use
Name conflict resolution:
asadmin --autoname create-instance --node localhost-domain1 instance1 -> instance1 created asadmin create-instance --node localhost-domain1 --autoname instance1 -> instance1-BemusedCatfish created asadmin create-instance --node localhost-domain1 instance1 -> command failed: instance name already in use
The Extra Terse Option
The extraterse option is intended for use with scripts, adding an extra level of terseness to the command output to
the CLI. Currently this feature only works with the
When enabled, the
create-local-instance commands should only return the name of the instance
created. The intention behind this feature being that you should be able to set variables from this output for use with
scripts, since you can’t know beforehand what the name of an instance is if a name conflict is resolved or a name is
generated from scratch.
This option can be enabled either by specifying
--extraterse or simply
-T on the command line (in comparison, the
normal terse option is enabled with
-t) before or after the command name. Being a CLI option rather
than a command parameter, it is recommended that you specify it before the command name, as the ability to specify
asadmin options (like
--host) after the command name is technically deprecated syntax and will be ignored in certain
The extraterse option implicitly enables the terse option - this is true for all commands (not just