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Equinox/p2/Reusing Platform Metadata

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Under update for 3.5

This page outlines the current shape of the metadata for the "org.eclipse.platform.ide" product. This product is a subset of the Eclipse SDK. The SDK adds JDT, PDE, CVS and Help, but everything that requires special configuration exists in the base platform. This makes the platform ideal for general reuse.

The current RC1 metadata for org.eclipse.platform.ide looks something like this:

IU Name Provided Contents/Actions
org.eclipse.platform.ide addRepository : add default repositories
mdkir : create the dropins folder The features and bundles that make up the platform The features and bundles that make up p2 Eclipse branded launchers with appropriate requirements on the launcher fragments as well as CUs for setting -startup and --launcher.library.
toolingorg.eclipse.configuration Set osgi.instance.area.default=@user.home/workspace (os != macosx)
toolingorg.eclipse.configuration.macosx Set osgi.instance.area.default=@user.home/Documents/workspace (os == macosx)
toolingorg.eclipse.platform.ide.config.[ws.os.arch] Properties for config.ini


toolingorg.eclipse.platform.ide.ini.[ws.os.arch] Entries for the launcher .ini file

program: -showplash org.eclipse.platform --launcher.XXMaxPermSize 256m
vm: -Xmx40m -Xmx256m

tooling[ws.os.arch][bundle-id] Start level information for individual bundles

Using org.eclipse.platform.ide As-Is

In general, the org.eclipse.platform.ide is not attractive for reuse in other products as it includes product specific branding and settings. However, in the special case of products (like EPP) that look the same as eclipse but change the default eclipse.product, then we could reuse org.eclipse.platform.ide directly. The epp.product file would specify a program argument -product which would override the entry in the config.ini file. As well, because org.eclipse.platform.ide includes launcher, we should set the product build to not include launchers.

This would be done using a p2.inf file which should be placed beside the product file. The p2.inf file should also tell not to generate defaults CUs for start levels, because we will already get start levels from the platform.ide.

builder/ : includeLaunchers=false
   Program Arguments: -product epp.package.cpp
   Include features : CDT, etc...
   #tell not to generate start levels

   #add requirement on org.eclipse.platform.ide

Proposed Modifications

We propose that the IU toolingorg.eclipse.platform.ide.configuration be made more generally reusable. Currently, it contains the following product specific settings:

  • config.ini settings: osgi.splashPath, eclipse.application,eclipse.product
  • All program and vm arguments are arguably product specific, but -showsplash org.eclipse.platform is especially so.

We propose that these product specific setting be moved into the org.eclipse.platform.ide IU, leaving the configuration IU as more generally reusable.


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