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appc Reference



The appc compiler generates and compiles the classes needed to deploy EJBs and JSPs to WebLogic Server. It also validates the deployment descriptors for compliance with the current specifications at both the individual module level and the application level. The application-level checks include checks between the application-level deployment descriptors and the individual modules as well as validation checks across the modules.

Advantages of Using appc

The appc tool offers the following benefits:

appc Syntax

Use the following syntax to run appc:

prompt>java weblogic.appc [options] <ear, jar, or war file or directory>

Designating Alternative Deployment Descriptors

J2EE allows you to designate an alternative J2EE deployment descriptor for an EJB or Web application module, using the <alt-dd> element in the <module> element of application.xml.

You can use <alt-dd> to specify an alternate deployment descriptor only for the J2EE deployment descriptors, web.xml and ejb-jar.xml. As of WebLogic Server 8.1 SP01, if you specify an alternative deployment descriptor for a module in alt-dd, appc will compile the EJB using the alternative descriptor file.

For more information about the <alt-dd> element, see module in Developing Applications with WebLogic Server.

In WebLogic Server 8.1 SP01and later, you can use appc command line options to designate alternative J2EE and WebLogic Server deployment descriptors for an application, as shown below:

appc Options

Table D-1 lists appc command line options

Table D-1 appc Command Line Options




Prints advanced usage options.


Designates an alternative J2EE application deployment descriptor.


Designates an alternative WebLogic Server application deployment descriptor.


Does not include deployment descriptors in client JARs generated for EJBs.

-classpath <path>

Selects the classpath to use during compilation.

-compiler <javac>

Selects the Java compiler to use.


Warns about deprecated calls.


Forces generation of EJB and JSP classes. Without this flag, the classes will not be regenerated unless a checksum indicates that it is necessary.


Compiles debugging information into a class file.


Prints the standard usage message.


Generates IDL for EJB remote interfaces.

-idlDirectory <dir>

Specifies the directory where IDL files will be created (default: target directory or JAR)


Generates factory methods for valuetypes.

-idlMethodSignatures <>

Specifies the method signatures used to trigger IDL code generation.


Does not generate abstract interfaces and methods/attributes that contain them.


Does not generate valuetypes and the methods/attributes that contain them.


Generates IDL somewhat compatible with Orbix 2000 2.0 C++.


Always overwrites existing IDL files.


Displays verbose information for IDL generation.


Generates IDL somewhat compatible with Visibroker 4.5 C++.


Generates CORBA stubs for EJBs.

-iiopDirectory <dir>

Specifies the directory where IIOP stub files will be written (default: target directory or JAR)


Passes flags through to Java runtime.


Keeps the generated .java files.

-library <file>

Comma-separated list of libraries. Each library may optionally set its name and versions, if not already set in its manifest, with the syntax:



-library <dir>

Registers all files in the specified directory as libraries.


Adds line numbers to generated class files to aid in debugging.


Passes flags through to Symantec's sj.


Compiles without warnings.


Compiles with optimization on.

-output <file>

Specifies an alternate output archive or directory. If not set, the output is placed in the source archive or directory.

-plan <file>

Specifies and optional deployment plan.


Compiles with verbose output.


Prints appc version information.


appc and EJBs

weblogic.appc performs the following EJB-related functions:

By default, appc uses javac as a compiler. For faster performance, specify a different compiler (such as Symantec's sj) using the command-line -compiler flag or via the Administration Console. See Configuring Compiler Options.

For the location of the public version of weblogic-ejb-jar.xml, see weblogic-ejb-jar.xml Deployment Descriptor Reference. For the location of the public version of weblogic-cmp-jar.xml, see weblogic-cmp-jar.xml Deployment Descriptor Reference.


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