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Re: [p2-dev] Using the new "sofware site" target provisioner

Please everyone don't forget to give this a try and provide feedback.
Even though this is not p2 by itself, it is an important part of the p2 story and it needs to work well.

PaScaL

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Darin Wright/Ottawa/IBM@IBMCA

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Date:

04/27/2009 11:00 PM

Subject:

[p2-dev] Using the new "sofware site" target provisioner




Pascal asked me to send a note to the list describing how to use the
"Software Site" target provisioner for the upcoming test pass. It's is
designed to share target definitions with team members based on
IU's/repositories. Here are a few notes on using it:

Software Site Target Provisioner
* Open the Target Platform preference pave via Window > Preferences... >
Plug-in Development > Target Platform from the top level menu.
* Press "Add...", ensure the "empty" target is selected, and press "Next".

* Enter a name for the target definition - something like "Sofware Site
Test".
* Press "Add...", select "Software Site" and press "Next".
* Use the "Add Software Site" page to select some IUs from a repository.
You can select/add repositories just like you would from the "Install New
Software" dialog.
* Pressing "Finish" will cause the required bundles to be downloaded and
stored locally (when using the wizard, you will be blocked during download
- if you use the target definition editor, you will not be blocked while
the download occurs).
* The "Plug-ins" tab will display all the bundles once they have been
downloaded.

Notes:
* The "Software Site" provisioner allows specific versions of IUs to be
selected.
* You can add multiple sites to a target. This allows content to be
derived from different sites (for example, the SDK from eclipse.org, and
EMF from somewhere else).
* You can add/remove sites/IUs from a target definition incrementally.
* All target definitions share a local bundle pool (repository) in the
org.eclipse.pde.core metadata area (.bundle_pool directory), and this
respository is garbage collected as definitions are deleted.
* All "software sites" contained in each target definition are managed by
a p2 profile - but other locations (bundles sources) are not currently
managed by the profile (for example, directories or installs). For this
reason, it does not make a lot of sense to mix software sites with other
types of locations (for example, adding an "install" to a target, and then
adding from a site, will duplicate bundles in the target, as the the
implementation does not currently manage the install as part of the
profile).


Darin Wright
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