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    Default Switch between Development and Production Environment

    I would like to be able to switch between a development (testing) environment and a production environment without changing my scripts. I tried this procedure:
    1. copying all my production database connection files (.kdb) to a directory outside of my Kettle Repository
    2. changing all the database connections inside my Kettle Repository to point to the development databases
    3. copying these development database connection files to a second directory outside of my Kettle Repository
    4. Creating two shell scripts / batch files to copy the either the development connections or the production connections to my Kettle Repository

    This didn't work. Even though all my database connections are shared, not all are in .kdb files, and it appears that at least one copy of all database connections are inside each and every transformation (.ktr).

    So, I'd like to ask how everyone else is switching between development and production scripts.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011


    Hi dsa42,

    The way I went to achieve this was to :-

    1) Create a delimited csv file with all the variable db connection (and other changeable) values. You would have one for dev and one for prod (each would have the appropriate values for the environment). Example


    2) In my jobs, the first thing I do is to initialize a whole bunch of parameters the are then used with the job.

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    3) You then use the parameters in your db connectivity setup

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    4) In your script that starts kitchen, include a parameter value as part of the call :-

    ./ -rep="pentaho_repo",..other parms..., -paramarameter_directory=/your/directory/parameters_prod

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008


    You may also want to look at:

    If they are shared, then the values are stored in <UserHome>/.kettle/shared.xml (eg. ~/.kettle/shared.xml or C:\Users\dsa42\.kettle\shared.xml )
    I'm no expert.
    Take my comments at your own risk.

    PDI user since PDI 3.1
    PDI on Windows 7 & Linux

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