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Re: [p2-dev] touchpoints and manipulators

At this point the manipulator is seen as an implementation detail of the Eclipse Touchpoint, which explains why it is not shared / exposed to others.
I suppose that we could start sharing it among various touchpoints (either through service, or through explicit contract), but then comes the issue of intertwining the lifecycles of the touchpoints. To be specific, we need to be sure that all the touchpoints have the opportunity to validate what's there before the operation is committed.

Instead, what should be possible is for the actions that need to access the manipulator to be contributed to the Eclipse Touchpoint (see touchpointType attribute in the declaration of an action) and thus gain access to it. When I say contributed, they would not be part of the Eclipse Touchpoint bundle, but just be seen as part of it. 

Note that I have not tried that.
What do you think?

On 2011-08-10, at 3:08 PM, Kapukaranov, Borislav wrote:

Hi community,
 
As the work on the p2 and Virgo integration moves forward I stumbled across an issue I thought was solved, but know I see we were just lucky and never had a chance of solving it with this approach.
In Virgo there are special artifacts that are available for deployment such as configurations and scoped plans.
I’ll take the configurations as an example.
 
So in order to deploy them there is a new touchpoint and a new install action, which takes the configurations published as IUs with iu properties and uploads them to config admin.
This leaves two touchpoints(Eclipse and Virgo) which both has commit capability and update the bundles.info, but the trouble is that the manipulators they use are different.
I thought that once the manipulator is initialized every touchpoint will use that instance but apparently this was a wrong assumption. :(
 
The results I observed are that depending on which touchpoint.commit gets called first by the engine, sometimes installed bundles are lost from the bundles.infobecause of the different manipulators.
For example EclipseTouchpoint writes first the b.info with correct data, as its InstallBundleAction was responsible for adding new bundles and then comes VirgoTouchpoint which has an already old view of the b.info and deletes the just installed bundles (overwrites the b.info)
 
Is there a nice way to use one and the same manipulator in all available touchpoints, or at least in all relevant touchpoints?
 
Thanks,
Borislav
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