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Documentation for Ice 3.5. The latest release is Ice 3.7. Refer to the space directory for other releases.

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Server descriptors and IceBox descriptors may specify environment variables that the node will define when starting a server. An environment variable definition uses the familiar name=value syntax, and you can also refer to other environment variables within the value. The exact syntax for variable references depends on the platform on which the server's descriptor is deployed.

On a Unix platform, the Bourne shell syntax is required:

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/Ice/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH

On a Windows platform, the syntax uses the conventional style:

PATH=C:\Ice\lib;%PATH%

In XML, the env element supplies a definition for an environment variable:

XML
<node name="UnixBox">
    <server id="UnixServer" exe="/opt/app/bin/server" ...>
        <env>LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/Ice/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH</env>
        ...
    </server>
</node>
<node name="WindowsBox">
    <server id="WindowsServer" exe="C:/app/bin/server.exe" ...>
        <env>PATH=C:\Ice\lib;%PATH%</env>
        ...
    </server>
</node>

If a value refers to an environment variable that is not defined, the reference is substituted with an empty string.

Environment variable definitions may also refer to descriptor variables and template parameters:

XML
<node name="UnixBox">
    <server id="UnixServer" exe="/opt/app/bin/server" ...>
        <env>PATH=${server.distrib}/bin:$PATH</env>
        ...
    </server>
</node>

On Unix, an environment variable VAR can be referenced as $VAR or ${VAR}. You must be careful when using the latter syntax because IceGrid assumes ${VAR} refers to a descriptor variable or parameter and will report an error if no match is found. If you prefer to use this style to refer to environment variables, you must escape these occurrences as shown in the example below:

<node name="UnixBox">
    <server id="UnixServer" exe="/opt/app/bin/server" ...>
        <env>PATH=${server.distrib}/bin:$${PATH}</env>
        ...
    </server>
</node>

IceGrid does not attempt to perform substitution on $${PATH}, but rather removes the leading $ character and then performs environment variable substitution on $${PATH}.

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