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Getting Started with Equinox Provisioning (M1)

What is the first thing that you would expect to do with some provisioning code - install something, of course! This section is to guide you through a happy-path using equinox provisioning to install an Eclipse SDK.

There are four basic concepts that will help you understand the install:

  • Agent - the program that will perform the install. In general, the provisioning agent could appear in various forms - a standalone application, a silent install demon, a perspective in the ide. We will use the Admin UI application to do our install.
  • Metadata - the information about what can be installed. The metadata is used by the agent to analyze dependencies and perform the installation steps. Metadata lives in one or more repositories.
  • Artifacts - the actual bits that will be installed. There are various kinds of artifacts that are processed differently during the install. Associated metadata determines how a given artifact is processed. Artifacts live in one or more repositories. The metadata and artifacts generally come from different repositories and may be widely distributed.
  • Profile - in the most simple form, a profile is the location where the bits will be installed. The term 'profile' is not a very good term and probably will disappear from end user concepts (there's a bug about this), but it is the term we are using for now.

Steps to Install an Eclipse SDK

This week we will be installing a 3.3 SDK, but at the end of 3.4M1 we will generate metadata for that and support that SDK instead or, better yet, as well. The current install is only supported for Windows but eventually we will build and test the other supported platforms.

  1. Getting the agent.

The agent is available from an eclipse download site Admin application - click the link and you should see (Firefox)


This section is currently under construction but ultimately will lay out a simple end to end scenario of getting the Admin application, creating a profile, installing the SDK and running the installed SDK highlighting points of interest along the way. In the mean time, get the Admin application, unzip it as the root of C: (very important) and use the information in the Admin UI user's guide to create your own SDK install.

For more detail information, visit one or more of the following pages

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