Reference Documentation

h1. The TIM Update Center

h2. Introduction
The Terracotta integration module (TIM) Update Center provides a simple way to manage the catalog of integration modules available for Terracotta DSO. Utilizing a speedy command-line tool, the TIM Update Center offers control over a number of complex tasks, including sorting out dependencies, matching release versions, and setting correct configuration and installation options.

Using the TIM Update Center, you can quickly and easily do the following:

* See the most current TIMs available for your version of Terracotta DSO.
* Get in-depth information on a specific TIM.
* Install new TIMs directly from the the Terracotta Forge.
* Update your installed TIMs to the latest version.
* Print a current inventory of available TIMs.
* View the status of each TIM.
* Review potential conflicts using a "pretend" install.

By using the TIM Update Center, you can ensure that the TIMs you install are the ones most suitable for your version of Terracotta.

TIMs are installed on Terracotta clients, which run on your application servers. TIMs should not be installed on Terracotta server instances. Applications and application containers are never integrated with Terracotta server instances, only with Terracotta clients.

h2. Accessing the TIM Update Center

To access the TIM Update Center, execute the tim-get script. tim-get is a Terracotta tool located in the <Terracotta_Home>/bin directory.

On UNIX/Linux, execute the following:

{noformat} [command] [argument] --option

On Windows, execute the following: 

  tim-get.bat [command] [argument] --option

While the examples in this document use {{}}, they are also valid for {{tim-get.bat}}.

h5. Command Summary
The following table serves as a quick-reference to the commands available to the TIM Update Center tim-get script. For a fuller discussion of commands, arguments, and options, click a command name or see the following sections.

|[help|#help] | Display general help or command-specific help| Command names| -h, --help
{comment}-p, --proxy{comment}
|[list|#list]| Display a list of installed or available TIMs| Search terms| -h, --help{comment}-p, --proxy{comment}
-a, --all
|[info|#info]| Display information about a specific TIM| TIM name
(optional) TIM group ID (optional) version|  -h, --help
{comment}-p, --proxy{comment}
|[install|#install]| Install a TIM| TIM name
(optional) TIM group ID (optional) version|  -h, --help
{comment}-p, --proxy{comment}
|[update|#update]| Update a TIM to the latest version| TIM name
(optional) TIM group ID|  -h, --help
{comment}-p, --proxy{comment}

h2. Displaying Help
You can display usage help for the tim-get script as well for each command. To display help on using the tim-get script, run the script without any commands.

To display help on a specific command, run the script with the command and the {{--help}} option:

{noformat} [command] --help

h2. Getting Information on TIMs
The {{list}} and {{info}} commands display information on the TIMs available for, or installed with, your version of Terracotta DSO. The {{list}} command can also be used to search for specific TIMs.

h3. The list Command
The {{list}} command displays a table of installed and available TIMs. For example:

[PROMPT] list

Terracotta Enterprise Edition 2.7.0-nightly-rev9528, as of 20080729-160751 (Revision 2319-9528 by cruise@rh4mo0 from 2.7)

*** Terracotta Integration Modules for TC 2.7.0-SNAPSHOT ***

- tim-jetty-6.1 (1.2.0-SNAPSHOT) [org.mortbay.jetty]
- tim-jetty-6.1.4 (1.2.0-SNAPSHOT) [org.mortbay.jetty]
+ clustered-apache-struts-1.1 (2.7.0-SNAPSHOT)
+ clustered-commons-collections-3.1 (2.7.0-SNAPSHOT)
+ clustered-glassfish-2.0 (2.7.0-SNAPSHOT)
+ clustered-surefire-2.3 (2.7.0-SNAPSHOT)
+ clustered-websphere- (2.7.0-SNAPSHOT)
! tim-ehcache-commons (1.4.0-SNAPSHOT)
- tim-hashtable (2.3.0-SNAPSHOT)
- tim-hibernate-3.1.2 (1.2.0-SNAPSHOT)
- tim-hibernate-3.2.5 (1.2.0-SNAPSHOT)
- tim-ibatis-2.2.0 (1.1.0-SNAPSHOT)
- tim-lucene-2.0.0 (1.1.0-SNAPSHOT)
- tim-rife-1.6.0 (1.1.0-SNAPSHOT)

legend: [+] already installed  [!] installed but newer version exists  [-] not installed

Each entry in the table has the following components:

* TIM installation status: 
** \+ (plus) -- an up-to-date version is installed
** \! (exclamation mark) -- an out-of-date version is installed
** \- (minus) -- a version is available but hasn't been installed
* TIM name, which can include a product name and version
* TIM version, in parentheses
* group-ID value, in square brackets

For example, the entry {{-tim-jetty-6.1 (1.2.0-SNAPSHOT) \[org.mortbay.jetty\]}} means that a TIM for Jetty 6.1 is available for the local Terracotta installation, but is not installed. The TIM version is {{1.2.0-SNAPSHOT}}, and the group-ID is {{org.mortbay.jetty}}. If the group-ID value is not displayed, then it equals the default value {{org.terracotta.modules}}. The Jetty TIM is installed in


while a TIM with the default group-ID is installed in


The data used to build the TIM table is periodically refreshed. However, if a connection to the Terracotta Forge is unavailable, the table is created using data from the last refresh.

Only installed non-internal TIMs found the Terracotta {{modules}} directory are displayed in the TIM table. Under the following conditions, installed TIMs do _not_ appear in the TIM table:

* "Internal" TIMs required by Terracotta. To see these, use the {{list}} command with the -a or --all option.
* TIMs installed in repositories outside the Terracotta {{modules}} directory.

To return a more focused TIM table, specify keywords with the {{list}} command. For example, to find TIMs with the word "synchronized" in their names:

[PROMPT] list synchro 
Terracotta Enterprise Edition 2.7.0-nightly-rev9528, as of 20080729-160751 (Revision 2319-9528 by cruise@rh4mo0 from 2.7)

*** Terracotta Integration Modules for TC 2.7.0-SNAPSHOT ***

- tim-synchronizedcollection (2.3.0-SNAPSHOT)
- tim-synchronizedmap (2.3.0-SNAPSHOT)
- tim-synchronizedset (2.3.0-SNAPSHOT)
- tim-synchronizedsortedmap (2.3.0-SNAPSHOT)
- tim-synchronizedsortedset (2.3.0-SNAPSHOT)

legend: [+] already installed  [!] installed but newer version exists  [-] not installed

When using keywords with the {{list}} command:
* Matches occur only on continuous strings in TIM names.
* Using a leading hyphen ("-") in a keyword returns an error or executes an option.

h3. The info Command

The {{info}} command displays a detailed report about a specified TIM. For example, to generate a detailed report about the TIM for Hibernate 3.1.2:

[PROMPT] info tim-hibernate-3.1.2
Terracotta Enterprise Edition 2.7.0-nightly-rev9528, as of 20080729-160751 (Revision 2319-9528 by cruise@rh4mo0 from 2.7)

tim-hibernate-3.1.2 (1.2.0-SNAPSHOT)

   Installed: NO
   Author   : Terracotta, Inc.
   Copyright: Copyright (c) 2007 Terracotta, Inc.
   Homepage :
   Download :
   Status   : 
   Terracotta Integration Module for clustering Hibernate. This project comes
   with modules for Hibernate 3.1.2 and Hibernate 3.2.5
   Compatible with TC 2.7.0-SNAPSHOT
      + clustered-commons-collections-3.1 (2.7.0-SNAPSHOT)
      + modules-common (2.7.0-SNAPSHOT)
      - tim-cglib-2.1.3 (1.2.0-SNAPSHOT)
      - tim-ehcache-1.2.4 (1.2.0-SNAPSHOT)
      - tim-ehcache-commons (1.2.0-SNAPSHOT)
   Maven Coordinates:
      groupId   : org.terracotta.modules
      artifactId: tim-hibernate-3.1.2
      version   : 1.2.0-SNAPSHOT
         <module name="tim-hibernate-3.1.2" version="1.2.0-SNAPSHOT" />
   There are no other versions of this TIM that are compatible with TC 2.7.0-SNAPSHOT

legend: [+] already installed  [!] installed but newer version exists  [-] not installed

The report is organized into a number of sections, including the following:

* Dependencies: Shows which other TIMs are required, and which of those are installed or out of date.
* Maven Coordinates: Gives values for attributes needed if using Apache Maven for project management.
* Configuration: Displays the configuration snippet that must be added to the Terracotta configuration file for the TIM to be loaded. The TIM is loaded by Terracotta if it is started with a configuration file that includes this snippet. 

To display detailed information on all available TIMs with one command, enter:
[PROMPT] list -v -a

The detailed information in the report also includes version compatibility data on:

* The technology being integrated
* Terracotta DSO
* The TIM being reported on

In the example above, the report gave the following information about the TIM for Hibernate 3.1.2:

* It has modules to integrate Hibernate 3.1.2 and Hibernate 3.2.5
* It is compatible with Terracott DSO version 2.7.0-SNAPSHOT
* No other versions of the TIM for Hibernate 3.1.2 are available

h2. Installing New TIMs
Use the {{install}} command to install TIMs to the Terracotta modules directory. To install a specific TIM, pass the TIM name as an argument to the {{install}} command. For example, to install the tim-hibernate-3.2.5 TIM, enter:

[PROMPT] install tim-hibernate-3.2.5

If the TIM already exists in the default installation location [see TIM Installation Path|#install_path], tim-get skips the installation. Use the --overwrite option to overwrite the existing TIM with the version you are downloading:

[PROMPT] install tim-hibernate-3.2.5 --overwrite

To download all of the TIMs available for your version of Terracotta, use the \--all option:

[PROMPT] install --all

Downloaded files are verified using a checksum algorithm. To avoid the checksum verification, use the {{\--no-verify}} option:
[PROMPT] install --all --no-verify

h3. TIM Installation Path
A TIM is installed following the path matching its Maven coordinates (groupID, artifactID, and version values). For example, the tim-ehcache-1.2.4 TIM has the following Maven coordinates:

groupId   : org.terracotta.modules
artifactId: tim-ehcache-1.2.4
version   : 1.4.0-SNAPSHOT

If you install the tim-ehcache-1.2.4 TIM with tim-get, it is installed in:

h3. Testing with \--pretend
Certain TIMs are installed with a number of dependencies. You can run a test install using the --pretend option to see how the installation would proceed:

[PROMPT] install tim-hibernate-3.2.5 --pretend

Using install with {{--pretend}} generates the same messages to standard output as a real installation, but with no affect on installed files.

h2. Updating Existing TIMs
Use the {{update}} command to install updates to previously installed TIMs. This command saves you the step of having to manually discover outdated TIMs using the {{info}} or {{list}} commands.

{{update}} has the same options as {{install}}, and the additional option {{\--force}}. Use {{\--force}} to overwrite TIMs even if tim-get reports that no updates were found. For example, if you're updating tim-lucene-2.0.0, and the latest version is already installed, tim-get will reply with {{No updates found}}. To override this, enter:

[PROMPT] update tim-lucene-2.0.0 --force

{{\--force}} also updates dependencies even if the latest versions are already installed.

h2. Troubleshooting Connection Problems

Often connection problems are caused by local firewalls and typically appear as "connection timed out" errors when you attempt tim-get operations. For connection problems resulting from a local firewall, configure tim-get to always use a specified proxy by adding the following property to the file {{<Terracotta_Home>/lib/resources/}}:

org.terracotta.modules.tool.proxyUrl = http://HOST:PORT

For example, if your company's proxy server is {{}}, add the following to {{}}:

org.terracotta.modules.tool.proxyUrl =

use the tim-get proxy option to pass tim-get operations through your network's proxy server.

For example:
{noformat} install --all --proxy
where {{}} connects to your company's proxy server.

h2. More Information on TIMs and Configuration Files

* [Configuration Guide and Reference|Configuration Guide and Reference#TIMs]
* [Working with Terracotta Configuration Files|About Terracotta Configuration Files]
* [Terracotta Integration Modules Manual|Terracotta Integration Modules Manual]
* [Integrations Overview|orgsite:Integration Guides]