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Re: [Subclipse-dev] Subclipse headless packaging?

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-01-25 17:07:49 CET

On 1/25/07, Thomas Hallgren <thomas@tada.se> wrote:
> Hi,
> Buckminster has a headless tool that is capable of configuring itself
> from remote update sites (it make use of the Eclipse update manager in a
> headless way). Now I'm facing the following problem:
> Buckminster has a org.eclipse.buckminster.svn plugin. It is dependent on
> the org.tigris.subversion.subclipse.core. Particular care has been taken
> not to introduce any UI dependencies in order to keep everything mean
> and lean for headless execution. I really appreciate the separation
> that's been done in subclipse in this respect.
> We also have an org.eclipse.buckminster.svn.headless.feature. It imports
> all needed headless eclipse platform plugins and our svn plugin. It also
> expresses a requirement on the org.tigris.subversion.subclipse.core
> (i.e. it must be installed prior to installing our headless svn
> feature). My problem is, using a headless installer, how can I get hold
> of that? You don't make a headless feature available and I don't get
> passed the point where the installer informs me that I must install all
> the UI components before installing your feature.
> I see two solutions to this problem:
> 1. We make the subclipse core plugin available at eclipse.org and
> include it in our feature. I'm not sure we can do that. Would Subclipse
> allow it? Will Eclipse allow it? Also, doing that would impose the
> burden of maintining updates for this plugin. A burden that you already
> must carry.
> 2. You could publish a new feature that only included the headless parts
> of subclipse.
> Needless to say, I think solution #2 would be much better.

First off, I am willing to do whatever it takes. So let's just figure out
what the right thing to do is.

If I made a headless feature, wouldn't you still have a problem if someone
had the normal feature installed? I guess it depends on whether you require
the feature or the core plugin.

What I would probably do is make a "headless" update site where that feature
was located, so that "normal" users are not confused about what to install.
Would that be OK with you?

What do you do with CVS? AFAIK, Eclipse does not provide multiple ways to
install their stuff.

Mark Phippard
Received on Thu Jan 25 17:08:00 2007

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