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== About the Equinox p2 Update UI ==
 
== About the Equinox p2 Update UI ==
If we're doing our job right, we won't need a user's guide for end-users to figure out the update UI!  This page is provided for the curious folks who may want to know what the UI is going to look like but don't necessarily want to play with p2 yet.
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If we're doing our job right, we won't need a user's guide for end-users to figure out the update UI!  Nevertheless, this page provides pointers to documentation for the Eclipse update manager.
  
== How to get the new Update UI ==
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== Eclipse Help ==
If you want to use the new p2 UI to actually modify a running Eclipse, you'll need to provision an Eclipse SDK using p2 and add the end user UI featureTo follow step by step instructions for downloading the RCP agent that can help you with this task, see [[Equinox p2 Getting Started]].
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In a running Eclipse instance, you can access help by clicking the Help menu and selecting Help ContentsIn the Contents pane, navigate to Workbench User Guide -> Tasks -> Updating and installing softwareAlternatively, the help is available [http://help.eclipse.org/galileo/index.jsp?topic=/org.eclipse.platform.doc.user/tasks/tasks-129.htm online].  The Eclipse 3.4 series (aka Ganymede) help is also available online [http://help.eclipse.org/ganymede/index.jsp?topic=/org.eclipse.platform.doc.user/tasks/tasks-129.htm here].
 
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If you are using the Eclipse SDK and simply want to see what the UI looks like (without actually modifying your running Eclipse environment), you can load the p2 projects in your workspace and start up a new workbenchSee [[Equinox p2 Getting Started for Developers#Getting the code]].  This workbench will include the the UI, although it won't operate on your running Eclipse.
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== Launching the new update UI ==
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For now, the new p2 Update UI is located in the help menu alongside the existing update UI.
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    [[Image:P2MenuItem.jpg]]
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The UI shows you what you currently have installed...
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    [[Image:P2InstalledList.jpg]]
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...and what is available for install.
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What is available is controlled by what sites you have connected toClicking on '''Manage sites...''' will let you add and remove sites.  For those of you familiar with p2 concepts, a "site" is a colocated metadata and artifact repository.  For those of you who aren't, a "site" is a place where you can get cool software.
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    [[Image:P2ManageSites.jpg]]
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Let's look again at the install list:
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[[Image:P2InstalledList.jpg]]
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If you select something in this list, you can check to see if there are updates available for it. You can also try to uninstall it. You can review its properties (the description of what it is, who provided it, etc.)  At the bottom you can control whether the system should automatically look for updates to what you have installed. There is also a link to the preference page that lets you control the schedule for updating and other preferences related to updating.
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[[Image:P2UpdatePrefs.jpg]]
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== For more information ==
 
== For more information ==
 
 
If you encounter bugs, or would like to enter enhancement requests for this work, please use the Equinox Incubator category in [https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/enter_bug.cgi?product=Equinox Bugzilla].  You can add the prefix "[prov]" to the subject line of the bug report to help us with bug triage.
 
If you encounter bugs, or would like to enter enhancement requests for this work, please use the Equinox Incubator category in [https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/enter_bug.cgi?product=Equinox Bugzilla].  You can add the prefix "[prov]" to the subject line of the bug report to help us with bug triage.
  

Latest revision as of 15:27, 3 January 2011

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[edit] About the Equinox p2 Update UI

If we're doing our job right, we won't need a user's guide for end-users to figure out the update UI! Nevertheless, this page provides pointers to documentation for the Eclipse update manager.

[edit] Eclipse Help

In a running Eclipse instance, you can access help by clicking the Help menu and selecting Help Contents. In the Contents pane, navigate to Workbench User Guide -> Tasks -> Updating and installing software. Alternatively, the help is available online. The Eclipse 3.4 series (aka Ganymede) help is also available online here.

[edit] For more information

If you encounter bugs, or would like to enter enhancement requests for this work, please use the Equinox Incubator category in Bugzilla. You can add the prefix "[prov]" to the subject line of the bug report to help us with bug triage.