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Equinox p2 PDE Integration

This page is intended to document changes required in the PDE component to support integration of p2 tooling into the platform.

These items should be addressed in the 3.4 time frame. The current priority is to make progress in all areas to support the smooth introduction of p2 tooling into the platform. P2 tooling must be able to work with PDE. More complete solutions can be looked at afterwards.

3.4 Plan

  1. Support p2 metadata creation during site building, feature building, plugin export, product export
  2. Allow target provisioning from p2 repositories
  3. Separate installable bundles and source bundles when launching
  4. Read p2 bundles.txt data on startup to build target platform (completed 3.4 M4)
  5. Write p2 bundles.txt data on Eclipse launches (completed 3.4 M5)
  6. Write p2 bundles.txt data on OSGi launches with start level data (completed 3.4 M5)

Metadata Creation

See 216637

PDE Build will have support to generate p2 metadata in 3.4 M5. PDE UI must update the site builder, feature builder, plugin export, and product export tooling to invoke the PDE Build support.

The properties that must be set are as follows:

  • generate.p2.metadata = true
  • p2.metadata.repo = file://${buildDirectory}/repo
  • p2.artifact.repo = file://${buildDirectory}/repo
  • p2.flavor = tooling
  • p2.publish.artifacts = false

There will be no changes to the editors UI. Metadata generation will be transparent to the user and always take place in a p2 hosts. We may add an option in the preferences to turn off metadata generation as it may cause problems for certain RCP development scenarios.

p2 Target Provisioning

See Bug 204347

PDE UI added an extension point in the 3.3 timeframe that allows implementors to add new target provisioners to the list available when pressing the Add... button on the Target Platform preference page. The extension point allows a wizard page contribution and expects a directory to be returned. This directory should contain any new bundles that should be added to the target platform.

Currently the target provisioner has support for loading from the file system and update sites. The file system option will remain the same. The update site provisioner is very limited in features and will be removed. The new provisioner, which will support p2 repositories, will also be able to provision from update sites using support already available in p2.

We are hoping to reuse viewers and other UI support from other areas of p2. The UI will allow users to browse through the features/groups of a repository (or update site) and select what to add to the target. The bundles/artifacts associated with the selected features/groups will be downloaded to a directory and this directory will be returned to PDE UI.

Code for this feature will be added in

There already exists a site editor that allows update sites to be converted to the p2 equivalent. The site editor generates metadata for p2.

We want the ability to provide the metadata generator with 'advice'. This advice allows p2 to know more about how to install/launch IUs. For example, the start level could be specified, or a port to run on. We want to prompt for this information.

Separate installable bundles and source bundles

See Bug 217304

In 3.4 PDE introduced the concept of source bundles where source can be packaged in OSGi bundles instead of features. Because they are OSGi bundles and are in the plugins directory, Eclipse installs them on startup. p2 would like to avoid installing them, as they contain no code. To do this they will not be added to the bundles.txt.

However, without the source bundles being specified in the bundles.txt, PDE will not know where to look for source. p2 will generate a second file containing a list of source bundles. PDE will have to read this file to find source bundle locations, these locations will have to be added to the target. PDE will also need support added to write out the source bundles file when launching an Eclipse runtime or OSGi launch.

The format of source.bundles.txt will be the same as bundles.txt. However, the symbolic name and version entries will be left blank, the start level will be -1 and the autostart will be false.

Build Target Platform from bundles.txt

See Bug 209260 Completed for 3.4 M4

PDE will read bundles.txt on startup and resolve the target platform using the information found.

Write bundles.txt on Launch

See Bug 210539 Completed for 3.4 M5

When launching using an Eclipse runtime launch configuration or an OSGi launch configuration in a p2 host, a bundles.txt file will be written out in the same location as the config.ini. The generated config.ini will contain the property org.eclipse.equinox.simpleconfigurator.configUrl pointing to the location of the bundles.txt. The bundles.txt will contain an entry for each bundle in the launched runtime along with a start level and auto-start setting. Except for a few hard coded exceptions, Eclipse runtime launches will have every bundle's start level set to the default. When launching OSGi, the start level and autostart settings are taken from the launch configuration. There is currently no support for users to change whether bundles.txt is generated or where the file is placed.

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