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January 25, 2012

Database Reverse Engineering With Spring Roo

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — mattbsoftware @ 11:51 pm

roo’s database-reverse command will not work out of the box because Spring doesn’t ship or make available an osgi driver for Roo due to licensing restrictions.



  1. get this pom
  2. mvn install
  3. start roo and run the following commands

osgi install --url file://{maven repo}/javax/resource/com.springsource.javax.resource/1.5.0/com.springsource.javax.resource-1.5.0.jar
osgi install --url file://{maven repo}/javax/transaction/com.springsource.javax.transaction/1.1.0/com.springsource.javax.transaction-1.1.0.jar
osgi install --url file://{maven repo}/com/oracle/roo/jdbc/

osgi start --url file://{maven repo}/javax/resource/com.springsource.javax.resource/1.5.0/com.springsource.javax.resource-1.5.0.jar
osgi start --url file://{maven repo}/javax/transaction/com.springsource.javax.transaction/1.1.0/com.springsource.javax.transaction-1.1.0.jar
osgi start --url file://{maven repo}/com/oracle/roo/jdbc/

Connect Roo to Oracle DB

  • get into roo (‘roo>’) and execute the following

project --topLevelPackage --projectName --java 6
persistence setup --provider HIBERNATE --database ORACLE
database properties set --key database.url --value jdbc:oracle:thin:@:1526:
database properties set --key database.username --value
database properties set --key database.password --value

The fun part

Enter the following command, and lean back.

database reverse engineer –schema –package


1 Comment »

  1. Note that the File URL for Windows should be prefixed as file:///(full path with slashes switched).
    For Example:
    osgi install –url file:///Users/dickens/.m2/repository/javax/resource/com.springsource.javax.resource/1.5.0/com.springsource.javax.resource-1.5.0.jar

    Comment by Gordon Dickens — October 31, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

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