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    Liferay AUI Upgrade Tool

    What is it and why it would be useful

    After the migration to Alloy 2.0 and Bootstrap, there are some changes, which have to be done in order to run successfully the already existing Portlets in Liferay Portal 6.2. Most of these changes should be done in JS, CSS and JSP files. To be more easier to upgrade the code, we have created this tool. Depending on your code, it will do 80-100% of the needed changes.

    How to run the tool

    In general, you have two options:

    Running from the provided bundle for your OS

    Liferay AUI Upgrade Tool is able to package itself for various operation systems, including Windows, OSX, GNU/Linux, SunOS. For all of them it provides 32 or 64bit versions. If you have such package, you will have to untar/unzip it and run the script file. For Windows, it is called run.bat. For all the others it is called

    If you want to create such a package and provide it to other people, see here.

    Running from NPM

    1. Install NodeJS.

    2. Install module:

    $ [sudo] npm install -g laut
    1. Execute:
    $ laut -f projects/liferay/liferay-plugins

    Where projects/liferay/liferay-plugins is the directory which contains the Portlets which have to be migrated.

    Once you run it, the tool will change what is possible. As a developer, you will have to review the changes and accept or reject them. Even if you reject them, they will still be useful as a hint that something won't work in this case and you will have to apply manually a change there.

    Supported options

    Liferay AUI Upgrade Tool supports various options:

    $ laut --help
    Usage: laut.js [options]
      -h, --help                   output usage information
      -f, --file [file name]       The file(s) to process.
      -e, --ext [file extensions]  The file extensions which should be processed. Defaults to "js, jsp, jspf, css".
      -V, --version                output the version number

    Note: If you have a bundle for your OS, you can pass these options to the run script too.

    What it does

    1. Removes the aui- prefix from CSS classes in CSS, JS and JSP pages.
    2. Adds -deprecated suffix to all deprecated modules in AlloyUI 2.0. The user can configure these, they are described in JSON format in assets/deprecated-modules.json file.
    3. Renames CSS classes. There are some classes, which should be renamed. The user can configure these, they are described in JSON format in assets/css-classes.json file.
    4. Replaces the inputCssClass attribute in <aui:input>. inputCssClass is no more used. If there is cssClass attribute in <aui:input>, it adds the classes in inputCssClass after those in cssClass, otherwise it renames inputCssClass to cssClass
    5. Replaces .selector-button input in all places, where we attach delegate events (or single listeners via .on) with .selector-button.
    6. Changes handler: function(... to on : { click: function(... }. This is usually used on adding children to AUI Toolbar. See here for more information.
    7. Replaces all occurences of new A.Dialog with Liferay.Util.Window.getWindow.
    8. Adds <portlet:namespace /> to name attribute of input elements if not already namespaced.

    How fast is the tool

    The whole directory which contains the Liferay Plugins is being processed for 3,55sec on Apple Mac with 2.8 Ghz Intel Core i7 processor and 16 GB RAM.


    If you want to contribute to this project, make sure to follow these steps:

    1. Install NodeJS.

    2. Clone the repository:

    $ git clone
    1. Install all dependencies:
    $ npm install
    1. Link your cloned repository to global packages:
    $ npm link
    1. Execute:
    $ laut -f projects/liferay/liferay-plugins

    Running tests

    The tool comes with unit tests, created using YUI Test. In order to run them:

    1. Run:
    $ npm install
    1. Execute:
    $ npm test

    Distribute the tool

    The tool is able to create an achive, ready for distribution for Windows, GNU/Linux, and OSX, both 32 and 64 bit versions.

    In order to create an archive for all platforms, follow these steps:

    1. Install NodeJS.

    2. Clone the repository:

    $ git clone
    1. Install all dependencies:
    $ npm install
    1. Link your cloned repository to global packages:
    $ npm link
    1. Execute laut-pkg command:
    $ laut-pkg

    You will be able to pass some parameters, for example the platform or the dist directory. For more information:

    $ laut-pkg --help
    Usage: package.js [options]
      -h, --help                       output usage information
      -n, --nodejs [nodejs version]    The version of NodeJS to wrap [0.8.21] by default
      -d, --dist [destination folder]  The dist folder in which package should be created [dist] by default
      -p, --platform [build platform]  The platform, on which NodeJS should run ["win32""win64""osx32""osx64""gnu32""gnu64"]
      -V, --version                    output the version number

    Liferay AUI Upgrade Tool License

    This library, Liferay AUI Upgrade Tool, is free software ("Licensed Software"); you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

    This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; including but not limited to, the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY, NONINFRINGEMENT, or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA




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