I am currently helping Scott Lewis to bring
ECF to Apache Karaf.
Our biggest problem with this is that ECF needs a bunch of
equinox bundles that are not available in maven central.
See this http://download.eclipse.org/rt/ecf/3.10.0/site.p2/karaf4-min-features.xml
At the moment we use http urls to be able to get at least
started. These urls are not really good for people inside
bigger companies though.
Often these companies do not allow direct access to the
internet even for developers and especially for production
machines. So accessing the urls is not possible.
Additionally they are not cached like mvn urls. So every
clean startup of karaf hits the p2 repo server again.
It also makes it very hard for people to use these
artifacts in non tycho builds which are very common
outside the eclipse world.
I have noticed that eclipse already hosts several maven
repositories for other projects. Would it be possible to
also deploy equinox bundles into such a repository or even
better into maven central?
At apache this is very convenient. We have a nexus server
at apache and the project poms are set up to deploy their
for snapshots and releases there. Releases go to a staging
repo automatically and after the vote you just need to
press a publish button and the artifacts go to maven
I am pretty sure we can organize to help with this if
eclipse would be interested to also get such a setup.
The collaboration between eclipse projects and apache
projects is still quite slim unfortunately. I think one
big reason for this is the separate repository systems
that make it very difficult to use projects from each
other. So I think tackling this problem would help a lot
to improve collaboration.
I have read in another thread that this would be a
"complicated" problem. Unfortunately there is no further
information what the obstacles are. I spoke to quite some
people at eclipse about this and they are all quite
interested in maven deployments. So I think at the minimum
there should be an open discussion so people understand
where we are with this. Is there some place maybe on
bugzilla where I can read into what was discussed about
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