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Automatic Stub Project Build

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This document will introduce you to the automatic build of stub projects.

What are stub projects

Corona "Stub" projects contain libraries which are still waiting for eclipse IP approval, hence cannot be found in our CVS repository. If you'll get such project it will not compile because of lack of required jar files.

Standard Stub Project Structure

Standard stub project (with one exception) does not contain any source files. Such project contains only libraries and exposes it's packages to other plug-ins.
Standard stub project structure (muse project as the example):
Stub structure.JPG

Automatic build files

All automatic build files can be found in int <plug-in name>/.externalToolBuilders directory. Additionally there are some special entries in .project file which is located in the root of the plug-in.

How it's started (.project file)

The automatic build process is launched thanks to some modifications done in .project file, located in the root directory of the project. This file is a standard eclipse file describing the project you're working on.
To add new build script to project we had to modify the <buildSpec> section and add there new <buildCommand> part.
Below example shows new part added to org.apache.axis2 .project file:

            <value>[projectName]/.externalToolBuilders/build axis2.launch</value>

That section defines external build tool to be launched during the build, it specifies the launch file which starts the custom build process part.

Launch file

Launch file, describes what and how should be started before the real build process begins. The launch file is located in .externalToolBuilders folder and it's called build <last part of plugin name>.launch.
Below you can find the description of the most important attributes of build axis2.launch file:

  • org.eclipse.ui.externaltools.ATTR_LOCATION
    It's specifies the location of the ant script to be started.
<stringAttribute key="org.eclipse.ui.externaltools.ATTR_LOCATION" 
  • org.eclipse.debug.core.ATTR_REFRESH_SCOPE
    this attribute specifies the refresh scope after the build/clean operation. (like refresh the project)
<stringAttribute key="org.eclipse.debug.core.ATTR_REFRESH_SCOPE" value="${project}"/>
  • org.eclipse.ui.externaltools.ATTR_RUN_BUILD_KINDS
    this attribute specifies the build kinds which triggers the launch
<stringAttribute key="org.eclipse.ui.externaltools.ATTR_RUN_BUILD_KINDS" value="full,auto,clean"/>

Ant build script

Ant build script performs all tasks which has to be done before the real plug-in's build process begins. The script in is named <last part of plugin name>Build.xml and it contains two major parts (tasks):

  • build:
    Build task is called when standard build operation is performed on the project. The build task consists following sections
  • clean:
    Clean task is called when standard clean operation is performed on the project.
    NOTE: Currently in the build script, clean task is a dummy task, it does not perform any operation on the project.

A diagram below shows an overall idea of automatic build script process:

Ant build properties

The build properties file is located in .externalToolBuilders directory and it's called <last part of plugin name> It contains 3 major sections:

  • proxy setting
    Check the proxy settings section for more information.
  • download
    This section describes the name and the location of zip file containing required jar files. It also describes the path from the zip file which contain the jar files and which should be copied into local lib folder. Check the example written below:
  • required jars description
    This section have all required jar files described, and it's strictly connected with check.<jar name> tasks from the build file.

Configuration of the automatic build

Proxy setting

You may encounter problems with downloading zip files. The usually the problem is related to your proxy settings. If you require a proxy you have to specify following properties:

  • proxyhost - address of the host which contains the proxy
  • proxyport - port on which the proxy is accessible
  • proxyuser - authorized user for proxy; only if proxy requires authorization
  • proxypassword - password for proxy user; only if proxy requires authorization

You can specify these values by one of two methods listed below:

  1. By defining ant global properties.
    In eclipse go to menu Window | Preferences... | Ant | Runtime | Properties Tab and define the properties described above.
  2. Changing the project's automatic build property file.
    Uncomment and change to your proxy values in <project name>/.externalToolBuilders/<projectname> file. Here are some examples:
    1. <corona_workspace_location>/muse-osgi-soa-core/.externalToolBuilders/
    2. <corona_workspace_location>/org.apache.axis2/.externalToolBuilders/
    3. <corona_workspace_location>/org.apache.axis2.codegen/.externalToolBuilders/
    4. <corona_workspace_location>/org.apache.log4j_1.2.13/.externalToolBuilders/

Disabling automatic download

If you don't want the project to download the Jar files, you can disable the build by setting following property:

You can specify the value in (one of):

  1. Defining ant global properties.
    In eclipse go to the menu Window | Preferences... | Ant | Runtime | Properties Tab and define the properties described above.
  2. Changing project's automatic build property file.
    Uncomment and change proper values in <project name>/.externalToolBuilders/<projectname> file.

Modifying automatic builds

Adding new Jar files to the project

If you want to add new jar file to the project, you'll have to perform following steps:

  • add new property to the properties file like:
  • add new task to build file like:
<target name="check.<new_jar_name>" unless="">
   <condition property="">
         <available file="${basedir}/lib/${<new_jar_name>}" />
  • add the dependency to new task in getJar task, like:
<target name="getJars" depends="init, 

Changing the Jar version

If you'd like to change a version of certain jar file, you'll have to modify modify the name of jar file withing the properties file.
E.g. if you'd like to change from muse-osgi-soa-core-2.0.0.jar to muse-osgi-soa-core-2.0.1.jar you will have to change the properties file like:

<< old
>> new 

Removing the Jar from the lib directory

If you'll have to remove the jar file from the lib directory, you'll need to perform following steps:

  • remove old <old_jar_name> property from the properties file:
  • remove old check.<old_jar_name> task from build file.
  • remove the dependency to old task from getJar task.

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