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[Subclipse-users] Installing from the command line using equinox p2

From: Luis Gonzalez-Silen <junk3_at_nutoro.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 07:30:38 -0700 (PDT)


Because I deploy Subclipse to hundreds of machines through SMS, I have been looking at ways to install it through the command line into my Eclipse 3.4 installations (IBM RAD 7.5). I had something like this working for previous Eclipse versions, but the scheme and syntax have changed in 3.4.

I have successfully used Equinox P2 functionality to do this. The command I issue is

java -cp org.eclipse.equinox.launcher_1.0.101.R34x_v20081125.jar org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.Main -application org.eclipse.equinox.p2.director.app.application -metadataRepository C:\temp\site-1.6.5\site.xml -artifactRepository C:\temp\site-1.6.5\site.xml -profile bootProfile -destination C:\IBM\SDP -bundlepool C:\IBM\SDPShared -installIU %FEATURE%

for each of the features included in site.xml (minus the mylyn integration):


My question is:

Installing one at a time is a lengthy process. Each command call takes at least 3 minutes. Does anyone know of any alternatives to make this faster?

The configured dropins directory may be a possibility, but it seems to make things a little slower when running Eclipse.

The docs talk about passing comma-separated lists of features but that only seems to be available in 3.5.


I tried IBM support, but they didn't have any suggestions. I figured other Subclipse users must have similar needs.

Any experiences people have doing this kind of stuff or any advice would be appreciated.




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