Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: 3.0-RC1
There seems to be a lot of confusion on how to go about access static resources within various classes in a grails application. Searching the net for topics such as 'grails classpath resource' or 'grails getResource' reveals some of the issues (see the many references below). It is a frequent topic on the grails-user mailing list.
There does not seem to be good documentation on the classpath within the grails user guide.
There are various ways of accessing files, all seem to have various pros and cons and it would be nice to have the grails authors/designers make some decisions on the right 'grails-way' of doing this.
This requirement does NOT refer to web-accessible static resources, this is referring to data files uses for other purposes such as watermark files when dynamically serving images, templates used to create emails, etc.
After reading lots of posts the main requirement seems to be that static resources must be available using the same code using any of the following grails goals: test-app, run-app, run-war and that is must be documented in the grails user guide.
Additionally people need to be able to have 'test-app'-only resources that are not packaged into a war file.
People, myself included, like to have separate 'resource' folders for resources, see the maven standard directory layout - http://maven.apache.org/guides/introduction/introduction-to-the-standard-directory-layout.html
Ideally, something like the snippet below should work from within at least bootstrap.groovy and any controller class, service class, unit test and integration test. An IDE JUnit test-runner should also be able to be configured so that it works too.
??? should be documented for each of the cases above, if 'this.class.getResource()' is not sufficient
There should be some documented scheme for placing resource files within the grails app file structure, suggestions as follows:
Given the example snippet above, the relative path to the root of the grails project for the resource file would be:
A class specific resource for the class com.example.SomeService could be stored at:
Accessible in code via something like:
http://www.grails.org/Sending+SMTP+Authenticated+Email,+Html+content+with+GroovyTemplates+and+Spring+integration (see variable tplFile)