Glassfish asadmin without password

If like me you hate having to type your user/password combination every-time that you run the asadmin utility command you have 2 options

  1. Creating a password file and then using the --user --passwordfile options everytime you execute an asadmin command (ugh...)
  2. Using the asadmin login command and never think about your password again

Here's how you could implement both solutions :

1.- Creating the password file

First you will need to create a file following the directives that can be found here

AS_ADMIN_MASTERPASSWORD=mypassword
AS_ADMIN_USERPASSWORD=mypassword
AS_ADMIN_ALIASPASSWORD=mypassword
${glassfish_install}/glassfish/bin/asadmin  --user admin --passwordfile ${glassfish_install}/glassfish-password.txt list-applications mydomain

Now even though this works perfectly I find it a bit of a nag to have to write all this every-time I want to execute an asadmin command and sure I could write a bash script that wraps the underlying asadmin tool with the --user and --passwordfile options pre-generated but I just don't want to

2.- Using the asadmin login command

The one I prefer though is using the asadmin login command.

Basically what this command does is it prompts you for your glassfish credentials and then stores them in an encrypted file (.asadminpass) under the user's home folder

Here is how to use it :


${glassfish_install}/glassfish/bin/asadmin login 
Enter admin user name [default: admin]> admin
Enter admin password>
Login information relevant to admin user name [admin]
for host [localhost] and admin port [4848] stored at
[/home/user/.asadminpass] successfully.
Make sure that this file remains protected.

Once this is done you will be able to execute asadmin commands without being prompted for a password

${glassfish_install}/glassfish/bin/asadmin list-applications
Nothing to list.
Command list-applications executed successfully.

You can even store remote glassfish instances password by using the --host flag with the login command

[arte@arte-epg-api2 .ssh]$ /data/glassfish/bin/asadmin login --host myremotehost.com
Enter admin user name [default: admin]> admin
Enter admin password>
Login information relevant to admin user name [admin]
for host [myremotehost.com] and admin port [4848] stored at
[/home/user/.asadminpass] successfully.
Make sure that this file remains protected.

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