Building GRAILS app on Debian using Maven GRAILS Plugin

December 23, 2008 | by Lorill

We’re now using GRAILS in one of our Maven-ized projects, and have it building using the Maven GRAILS plugin. We needed to roll this integration out to Husdon, our CI server which is running on a Debian box. We ran into a couple of snags.

We had downloaded and installed the debian package grails_1.0.4-1_all.deb from the GRAILS site, configured the GRAILS_HOME environment variable for our build target, and attempted to build it. We got this error:
Grails ended with a non null return code: 127
After some digging, it turns out that the debian package installs GRAILS but puts the actual executable in /usr/bin instead of just a symlink from the GRAILS_HOME. The Maven GRAILS plugin appears to be calling grails using the GRAILS_HOME path. Making a symlink to the grails executable in the bin dir of the GRAILS_HOME fixed this problem (although the symlink really more correctly belongs in the /usr/bin dir).

Trying to build again we came across a different problem, where the GRAILS version was showing up as null, causing build errors. After some googling I found this useful post, and re-installed GRAILS with the updated grails_1.0.4-2_all.deb package, repeating the steps for the GRAILS executable. Now we’re all up and running in Hudson! I hope this might alleviate some pain for anyone trying to troubleshoot this problem.

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