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Common Build Infrastructure/Getting Started/FAQ/Plugin Health And Best Practices

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This page is currently under construction. Community members are encouraged to maintain the page, and make sure the information is accurate.

Below are some tips for keeping your plugins & features healthy so that your builds stay green:

  • Run the Organize Manifest Wizard for your plugins. This will catch the most common errors of packages not being exported that should be.
  • clean up all the warnings/errors that PDE provides
  • make sure all plugins have x.y.z.qualifier as their version instead of x.y.z
  • when defining a requirement on a bundle (or package) I prefer Require-Bundle, since it's easier for me to deduce from which file to resolve the dependency when building. You may prefer Import-Package - YMMV.
  • if you must define a dependency VERSION, set a range like bundle-version="[2.0.0,3.0.0)" instead of bundle-version="2.0.0", so that the qualifier can be added and not break the build.
  • make sure that all new plugins are included in the runtime (or SDK) feature, ideally WITHOUT a version number (so that the version can be generated)
  • make sure that features declare the plugins on which they depend (PDE can generate this list for you)
  • make sure that ALL the files you need to ship are included in the file; itself should be included in the src.includes; you can use wildcards (build.* or plugin.*) if you'd like
  • make sure that the bin/ folder in your plugin is EXCLUDED from CVS or SVN; this folder should NOT be checked in, ever
  • make sure that your plugin's manifest declares "Bundle-ClassPath: ." or nothing; you should ideally not build nested jars if you can avoid it. This improves performance when installing and running the plugin. As such your should have "source.." instead of "source.somejar.jar"
  • if you want to generate a source plugin or feature, make sure you add a directive to the of the containing feature (usually the SDK feature or test), eg:


When adding a new plugin:

  • make sure that you add the new plugin to the releng/maps/*.map
  • make sure that you add the new plugin to the releng/psfs/*.psf
  • make sure that you add the new plugin to the feature manifest (feature.xml) that contains it (usually the runtime feature).
  • if your project has per-plugin source plugins, add another directive in the containing feature's to generate that new source plugin

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