Modifying the Target Platform's Capabilities

In a perfect world, everything the resolve task gathers and checks against would work during your development process. Unfortunately, there are exceptions that may force you to modify the default functionality of the resolve task. If you’re unfamiliar with workspace’s resolve task, see the Resolving Your Modules tutorial for more information.

There are two scenarios you may run into during development that require a modification for your project to pass the resolver check.

  • You’re depending on a third party library that is not available in the targeted Liferay DXP instance or the current workspace.
  • You’re depending on a customized distribution of Liferay DXP.

You’ll explore these use cases next.

Depending on Third Party Libraries Not Included in Liferay DXP

The resolve task, by default, gathers all of Liferay DXP’s capabilities and the capabilities of your workspace’s modules. What if, however, your module depends on a third party project that is not included in either space (e.g., Google Guava)?. The resolve task fails by default if your project depends on this project type. You probably plan to have this project deployed and available at runtime, so it’s not a concern, but the resolver doesn’t know that; you must customize the resolver to bypass this.

There are three ways you can do this:

For help resolving third party dependency errors, see the Resolving Third Party Library Package Dependencies tutorial.

Embed the Third Party Library in Your Module

If you only have one module that depends on the third party project, you can bypass the resolver failure by embedding the JAR in your module. This is not a best practice if more than one project in the OSGi container depends on that module. See the Embedding Libraries in a Module

section for more details.

Add the Third Party Library’s Capabilities to the Current Static Set of Resolver Capabilities

You can add your third party dependencies to the target platform’s default list of capabilities by listing them as provided modules. Do this by adding the following Gradle code into your workspace’s root build.gradle file:

dependencies {
    providedModules group: "GROUP_ID", name: "NAME", version: "VERSION"

For example, if you wanted to add Google Guava as a provided module, it would look like this:

dependencies {
    providedModules group: "", name: "guava", version: "23.0"

This both provides the third party dependency to the resolver, and it downloads and includes it in your Liferay DXP bundle’s osgi/modules folder when you initialize it (e.g., blade server init).

Skip the Resolving Process for Your Module

It may be easiest to skip validating a particular module during the resolve process. To do this, open your workspace’s root build.gradle file and insert the following Gradle code at the bottom of the file:

targetPlatform {
    resolveOnlyIf { project -> != 'PROJECT_NAME'

Be sure to replace the PROJECT_NAME filler with your module’s name (e.g., test-api).

If you prefer to disable the Target Platform plugin altogether, you can add a slightly different directive to your build.gradle file:

targetPlatform {
    onlyIf { project -> != 'PROJECT_NAME'

This both skips the resolve task execution and disables BOM dependency management.

Now the resolve task skips your module project.

Depending on a Customized Distribution of Liferay DXP

There are times when manually specifying your project’s list of dependent JARs does not suffice. If your app requires a customized Liferay DXP instance to run, you must regenerate the target platform’s default list of capabilities with an updated list. Two examples of a customized Liferay DXP instance are described below:

Example 1: Leveraging an External Feature

There are many external features/frameworks available that are not included in the downloadable bundle by default. After deploying a feature/framework, it’s available for your module projects to leverage. When validating your app, however, the resolve task does not have access to external capabilities not included by default. For example, Audience Targeting is an example of this type of external framework. If you’re creating a Liferay Audience Targeting rule that depends on the Audience Targeting framework, you can’t easily provide a slew of JARs for your module. In this case, you should install the platform your code depends on and regenerate an updated list of capabilities that your Liferay DXP instance provides.

Example 2: Leveraging a Customized Core Feature

You can extend Liferay DXP’s core features to provide a customized experience for your intended audience. Once deployed, you can assume these customizations are present and build other things on top of them. The new capabilities resulting from your customizations are not available, however, in the target platform’s default list of capabilities. Therefore, when your application relies on non-default capabilities, it fails during the resolve task. To get around this, you must regenerate a new list of capabilities that your customized Liferay DXP instance provides.

To regenerate the target platform’s capabilities (distro JAR) based on the current workspace’s Liferay DXP instance, follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Liferay DXP instance stored in your workspace. Make sure the platform you want to depend on is installed.

  2. Download the BND Remote Agent JAR file and copy it into the osgi/modules folder.

  3. From the root folder of your workspace, run the following command:

    bnd remote distro -o custom_distro.jar release.portal.distro 7.0.6

    Liferay DXP users must replace the release.portal.distro artifact name with release.dxp.distro and use the version syntax.

    This connects to the newly deployed BND agent running in Liferay DXP and generates a new distro JAR named custom_distro.jar. All other capabilities inherit their functionality based on your Liferay DXP instance, so verify the workspace bundle is the version you plan to release in production.

  4. Navigate to your workspace’s root build.gradle file and add the following dependency:

    dependencies {
        targetPlatformDistro files('custom_distro.jar')

Now your workspace is pointing to a custom distro JAR file instead of the default one provided. Run the resolve task to validate your modules against the new set of capabilities.

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