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JWT Automatic Build

Build of JWT Features and Plugins

This section presents information concerning the JWT 1.3.0 build for eclipse Kepler on Hudson and would be considered as a very useful resource for JWT's future release engineers (starting with Eclipse Luna scheduled for release in 2014). Some of the information/steps that follow might be not necessary for future JWT builds using Maven Tycho since they have already been done but we illustrate them anyway so that we would have a comprehensive and complete documentation of the whole building process. We start by explaining how to prepare the JWT project for the build and then follow by explaining how to configure Hudson to build JWT. Please, note that newly assigned release engineers might have to contact the eclipse webmaster ( in case they are missing any permissions that they might require.

Helpful resources

The following link includes an Eclipse Tycho tutorial that would serve as a very useful resource demonstrating how to build Eclipse plug-ins, features and how to create Eclipse p2 update sites with Maven Tycho.

Preparing JWT to be built by Maven Tycho

This section provides information concerning preparing JWT to be built using Maven Tycho and preparing the p2 update site contents to be signed by the eclipse signature after the build is done and the jars generated.

Master project for the build

The current master project for the JWT build is a project of type Generalmvn-jwt-builder found at This project contains the master pom.xml for building the plug-ins. This pom.xml file contains all modules that are related to the build. Modules are the features and plugins to be built in addition to the p2update site of the project. The master pom.xml file also contains general information about the build like the project's repositories in addition to links to any external plugin dependencies the build might need.

Add new Features/plugins to the build

Future release engineers should add the paths to any new features/plugins in the master pom.xml file. In addition, they should also add any new plugins to one of the features and include any new features needed in the p2update site to the category definition of the p2update site project found at [[Future release engineers should add the paths to any new features/plugins in this file. In addition, they should also add any new plugins to one of the features and include any new features needed in the p2update site to the category definition of the p2update site project found at]]. Please, note that any new features or plugins have to have their own pom.xml files as well as described in the tutorial recommended above.

P2 update Site project

The p2 update site project includes jars generated from the build and that are required for installing JWT. The current p2 update site project is a project of type General called org.eclipse.jwt.p2updatesite and can be found at This project also has it's own pom.xml file and it includes a profile that signs the JWT jars using the eclipse signature. This is prerequisite for eclipse projects and the details of signing the jars will be explained in the following section.

Signing the JWT jars using the eclipse signature

First, the proper repository was added to the master pom.xml. 


After that, a profile was added to do the signing. To sign the jars, the following has to be done:

  1. Pack the p2 repository
  2. Sign the p2 repository
  3. Repack the p2 repository
  4. Fix checksums because signing and packing alters them.

The following profile performs the mentioned steps.

    Pack the p2 repository.
    Sign the p2 repository
    Repack the p2 repository
        <inputFile>${}/signed/</inputFile> <!-- this is output from signer mojo -->
    Signing and packing alters checksums so fix them

Configuring Hudson to build JWT

To build JWT on Hudson using Maven, a build step has to be added that uses Maven. The following screenshot presents the details of this build step as used for the Kepler release.

Maven build step on Hudson for the Kepler release.

As illustrated by the screenshot, the only build goals needed are "clean install". Moreover, the path to the master pom.xml file had to be specified in the POM file field. Finally, the signing profile added earlier had to be triggered to sign the jars using the eclipse signature. The profile added was called "build-server" and it is enough to simply write its name in the "Profiles" field.

Now everything is ready and the final step would be to click "Build now" from the main page of the build on Hudson.

HIPP builds & Simultaneous Release

An Hudson instance dedicated to building JWT ( HIPP - Hudson Instance Per Project) is available as requested on Bugzilla. It features :

  • a "soa-jwt-integration" build, which builds JWT and makes it available in its own integration update site
  • and a "soa-jwt-luna" build, which directly promotes JWT built artifacts to the Eclipse Luna repository. Have a look at the Simultaneous Release Aggregator job to check that it's been done successfully, for instance look for "jwt" in its console output (sample)

NB. Builds in the [common Hudson instance] are obsolete.

What can still be done

  • Try to use a build/continuous integration server
  • Try to have nightly build
  • Merge builder and tester: Move the test.xml from tester to builder, test and replace references to tester by builder.
  • Enable automatic deployment of JWT to the update site through after the build is run
  • Run JUnit tests on Hudson
  • Take care of the stable build on Hudson 


What we have

JWT build minimal Eclipse base

In order for the build and automated testing to be working as fast as possible, it is necessary to maintain a build base (in /shared/technology/jwt/base on, that contains only the projects that are necessary to build and test JWT, and to ensure that these project are built for for the build server you are using.

Creating the base with from repositories (recommended)

P2 is the recommended way to install feature since it checks dependencies and avoids to forget some bundles that are necessary at runtime for testing.

  • Download a platform that is OK with you build host architecture => ~/downloads/eclipse/downloads/[buildId]/eclipse-SDK-[version]-linux-gtk-ppc.tar.gz from
  • Transfer to the /base directory on (e.g. with SCP) and expand
  • Go into the new eclipse folder, then type
    • export LAUNCHER="java -jar plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher_*.jar -application org.eclipse.equinox.p2.director"
    • $LAUNCHER -metadataRepository -artifactRepository -installIU -installIU -installIU -installIU org.eclipse.gef -installIU (dependency list to be updated following JWT deps)

In case you want to install a feature from a repository that is not p2-ready, you can use

  • java -jar plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher_*.jar -application org.eclipse.update.core.standaloneUpdate -command install -featureId [FEATURE_ID] -from [SITE_URL] -version [VERSION]

Creating the base using drops (not fair)

To create a build base, you'll need to expand the following project in the directory you want to use ase the eclipse base:

  • Eclipse platform linux/ppc/gtk => ~/downloads/eclipse/downloads/[buildId]/eclipse-platform-[version]-linux-gtk-ppc.tar.gz
  • Eclipse PDE => ~/downloads/eclipse/downloads/[buildId]/eclipse-PDE-[version].zip
  • Eclipse JDT => ~/downloads/eclipse/downloads/[buildId]/eclipse-JDT-[version].zip
  • EMF Runtime => ~/downloads/modeling/emf/emf/downloads/drops/[version]/[buildId]/emf-runtime-[buildId].zip
  • GEF Runtime => ~/downloads/tools/gef/downloads/drops/[version]/[buildId]/GEF-runtime-[buildId].zip
  • ATL Runtime (for transformations) => ~/downloads/modeling/m2m/atl/downloads/drops/[version]/[buildId]/m2m-atl-runtime-[version].zip

Choosing the version of each project:

  • Currently, JWT build on Eclipse server uses the latest version that contains a Maintenance or Release build (ie buildId starting with R or M)
  • However, we could discuss about trying to build usng stable or milestone builds, to ensure the compatibility with the latest versions of projects. But this would require much more work until we succeed to automate the creation of the base with the latest drops...

Check an existing base

There are 2 ways to check that an eclipse installation matches your machine platform:

  • Try to run the eclipse launcher program (./eclipse). If eclipse starts, it is OK
  • From the eclipse directory, try command ls plugins/ | grep org.eclipse.swt, then you should get a list of plugins, and one of them specifies a os/ws/arch 3-uplet in its name. It must be match your server platform.

If you don't have the same eclipse target and server platforms, then you might be able to build, but testing will be impossible for you.

Update sites organisation

First, as it is the case in most of "one feature" projects (such as GEF), JWT now has 3 update sites:

Releasing Policy

When releasing JWT, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Tag the feature and all plugins included into the release with tag R{releaseVersion} (for example R0.5.0)
  2. Build on the feature to release (./ R). The update site is automatically updated.
  3. Increment the feature version number (See Version Numbering)
  4. Increment all plugins versions that will be modified in next release)
  5. Create a buzz about this release!

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