Before we used MyST, I used to put some of the settings I needed in the script you get out of the box with Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.x products. One of the reasons for this, is that I needed Linux to resolve a $(date) command for my logfile name at boot time. With MyST however, it seemed that I could only add this argument as a startup arg in the weblogic console. The obvious downside here is that Linux cannot resolve the $(date) command this way. I thought this to be a MyST limitation, until someone showed me this trick.

This post is part of a Series in which Maarten Tijhof and I explore the inner and hidden parts of Rubicon Red MyST Studio which might come in handy at times.

Putting startup arguments in the can have certain advantages. Personally, I find it helpful to put generic startup arguments in the for a domain (such as java heap size), while setting server-specific startup arguments in the arguments field of the Weblogic Console.

There is a hidden feature to fill the file in your DOMAIN_HOME with certain values, and this trick is called appendvar. Like defining ‘users and groups‘, you can set these values using a specific key-value format in the global variables. First, you need to define the item you want added to the vanilla Out of the box, MyST already has an entry for disabling DERBY in 12c blueprints. You can add your entry to this comma seperated list.

patch.custom.appendvar.list (comma seperated list of custom setDomainEnv entries)


As you can see we added the ‘gclogs’ option to the existing patch.custom.appendvar.list.
Next you need to define the name for each entry and the values for those entries. Note that you can use Linux commands if needed, as this file gets parsed on Linux when the server starts.

patch.custom.appendvar.<item>.name (the name of the argument you wish to set)
patch.custom.appendvar.<item>.value (the value for that argument)

patch.custom.appendvar.gclogs.value=$EXTRA_JAVA_PROPERTIES -verbose:gc -Xloggc:$DOMAIN_HOME/servers/$SERVER_NAME/logs/gc_$(date +%Y%m%d_%H%M).log

You can also define for which servers these settings apply. All nodes will get the same setUserOverrides file, but MyST adds ‘if’ statements in the generated file, so it only applies the arguments to specific servers. By default, all servers (including the AdminServer) get the defined custom startup arguments.  You can change this targeting with the key-value lines below.

patch.custom.appendvar.<item>.target.cluster.list (accepts one or a list of cluster as input, useful if you only want the value applied to managed servers)

patch.custom.appendvar.<item>.target.server.list (alternative to target.cluster.list, uses comma separated list of servers on which you wish to target something)


The end result will look like this:
if [ "${SERVER_NAME}" = "AdminServer" ] ; then

if [ "${SERVER_NAME}" == "osb_server1" ] ; then
export EXTRA_JAVA_PROPERTIES="$EXTRA_JAVA_PROPERTIES -verbose:gc -XX:+PrintGC -XX:+PrintGCDetails -XX:+PrintGCApplicationStoppedTime -XX:+PrintGCTimeStamps -Xloggc:$DOMAIN_HOME/servers/$SERVER_NAME/logs/gc_$(date +%Y%m%d_%H%M).log"

if [ "${SERVER_NAME}" == "osb_server2" ] ; then
export EXTRA_JAVA_PROPERTIES="$EXTRA_JAVA_PROPERTIES -verbose:gc -XX:+PrintGC -XX:+PrintGCDetails -XX:+PrintGCApplicationStoppedTime -XX:+PrintGCTimeStamps -Xloggc:$DOMAIN_HOME/servers/$SERVER_NAME/logs/gc_$(date +%Y%m%d_%H%M).log"

By default, MyST will now add these entries to the nodes when provisioning a domain, as this is generated at the ‘patch-domain’ phase of MyST.

But what if you already have a domain and want to add these settings? Using an ‘update’ action will not push these values, as ‘patch-domain’ isn’t part of the default MyST update behaviour. You can however run a custom action to push these changes.

On the desired model overview, use the ‘control’ button, then choose ‘custom action’. As ‘action name’, type ‘patch-domain’ and press either enter or tab. Hitting ‘Execute’ will generate the for you on your Weblogic domains.


And that’s it! We hope you find this trick as useful as we did!