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Data Tools Platform:Release Engineering

Revision as of 16:33, 12 February 2007 by (Talk | contribs) (org.eclipse.datatools.releng.builder)

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This information is preliminary. While this system is available within CVS, it is not currently used to generate the DTP builds.

This page details the build system utilised by DTP.


This system was derived from the system used by WTP and STP (and probably others). The system performs the following tasks:

  • Component builds
    builds plugins and features
    generates install ZIP
    generates update site JARs
  • Component testing
    executes unit tests
    generates results files
  • Update site generation
    generates html for download site
    incorporates build settings
    incorporates build results (e.g. warnings/errors)
    incorporates test results
  • Download site generation
  • Uploading build information
    publishes generated files to DTP web site


The build system is designed to organized as follows:

a group of one or more components
synonymous with feature; the input to the builder/assembler/packager

The system is comprised of custom Ant scripts which are used to initialize build properties, download dependencies, invoke the PDE builder for individual components, generate site files.

The head-less PDE builder is used to generate plugin JARs and ZIPs. The PDE builder executes a build using information in the feature and plugin manifests. This helps ensure the plugin build environment is similar to its execution environment.

The system is composed of two projects within CVS:

  • org.eclipse.datatools.releng
  • org.eclipse.datatools.releng.builder


This project contains the following files:

*.map files
used by the PDE builder to locate and fetch source for the build. These files are used to specify the following information:
  • plugin/fragment/bundle/feature ID
  • plugin/fragment/bundle/feature location in CVS (project and path)
  • tag to fetch
specifies names and download locations for dependencies (e.g. Eclipse platform, EMF, GEF)
specifies which tag of the org.eclipse.datatools.releng.builder should be used to execute the build


This project contains the scripts used to execute the build. It is divided into the following sections (by folder):

  • components
  • cruise
  • distribution
  • scripts

At the root is the build.xml file that drives the build for a particular distribution (i.e. the distribution must be specified when this file is invoked; e.g. dtp).


The components folder contains a folder for each component that will be built. These folders may be used directly with PDE

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