Dynamically wire OSGi Services by configuration properties

I am currently facing a problem of how to dynamically "wire" OSGi Services depending on their configuration properties. I want to do that with Declarative Services.

To give a concrete example: I have two different OSGi Services A and B which both are ManagedServiceFactories and require configuration. So I can have multiple instances of A and multiple instances of B each with separate configurations.

I use Felix FileInstall, DS/SCR and BNDTools and my configs look like this (simplified):

a-one.cfg: b.id = foo

a-two.cfg: b.id = bar

b-one.cfg: id = foo

b-two.cfg: id = bar

Now I want to wire/bind service b-one to a-one and service b-two to a-two (depending on their matching configuration properties b.id = id).

Currently I can see two approaches on how to achieve this:

  1. Bind all available instances of Service B to the instances of Service A and select the proper Service B depending on its id.
  2. Implement an own ManagedServiceFactory for Service A which creates an LDAP filter to find the proper instance of Service B.

For solution 1.) I do not like that I need to bind all instances of Service B to every instance of Service A. I like to only bind the instance of Service B which meets my configuration property constraint.

For solution 2.) I do not like that I need to dig to the lower levels: own ManagedServiceFactory and bypassing DS by manually find the proper (LDAP filtered) Service instance.

Do anyone know a better solution or "best practice" how to achieve that? I am not sure if maybe the WireAdmin spec can help me here?

Solution with BNDTools/BND Annotation would be welcomed ;)


Cheers Sascha

-------------Problems Reply------------

DS always puts all configuration information as service properties if it registers a service for a Component. You should do the same in your A and B ManagedServiceFactory so the services will be searchable.

On the other hand, if you specify a property for your reference with the ".target" suffix, you can specify via configuration which service to pick up.

With your example:

  • You create a component for B
  • You specify a reference in component B for services A with the name a
  • You specify a property in component B with the name a.target
  • You configure a.target with LDAP search filters. If you do not specify a value for this property, a random A service will be picked up
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