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[p2-dev] What argument should the Mirror Application use to remove the target's content?


Currently, by default, the mirror application will remove all artifacts/installable units from a target repository before preforming the mirroring. This can be avoided by using the "-append" argument.

After some discussion we've decided that the application should append by default. The problem we're now having is deciding on what argument should be used to denote that the target repository should remove all its content before the mirroring.

Arguments like "-delete" or "-overwrite" aren't suitable because users may expect these arguments to replace the entire repository, where as in reality only the content will be replaced and any properties the target repository may have will remain unchanged.

Please see the bug report at https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=254747

I'd welcome any suggestions.