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This page tries to describe the internal build process for releases.


  • Maven 3.3.x with mvn in the "PATH"
  • Ant 1.9.x with ant in the "PATH"
  • gpg-agent and a working signing key
  • rpm build tools installed

You will need to replace 320E6224 with your signing key in the following examples.

Have the following properties set in your ~/.m2/settings.xml or provide these during the builds:


Have the following RPM macros defined in your ~/.rpmmacros:

%_gpg_name 320E6224
%__gpg_check_password_cmd /bin/true
%__gpg_sign_cmd %{__gpg} gpg --batch --no-verbose --no-armor --use-agent --no-secmem-warning -u "%{_gpg_name}" -sbo %{__signature_filename} %{__plaintext_filename}

Performing the build

git clone https://github.com/eclipse/packagedrone.git packagedrone.git
cd packagedrone.git
cd runtime
mvn clean install 
cd ..
mvn clean verify -Prpm -Pjdeb-sign

Increment the version

Change the version in the main pom. Then update the children:

mvn -N versions:update-child-modules -DallowSnapshots=true
mvn versions:commit

Also change:



git ls-files  --modified | xargs git add
git commit

Build profiles

The jdeb-sign profile uses the jdeb.* properties above to sign the DEB and RPM packages. This profiles also requires the rpm profile to be active.

Running the integration test

cd testing/server-test
mvn test

Assembling outputs

This step will download the current content of the download area, merge in the newly built content, create the repositories and upload the result back to the download area.

Run the following commands after a successful local build:

cd deploy/promote
ant -DkeyId=320E6224 -Declipse.committer=userid -DbaseVersion=0.1 -Drelease=0.m1 -DbuildType=milestone -f build.ant

Check the output with:

find output

Dry run the upload:

ant -DkeyId=320E6224 -Declipse.committer=userid -DbaseVersion=0.1 -Drelease=0.m1 -DbuildType=milestone -f build.ant publish

Perform the upload:

ant -DdryRun= -DkeyId=320E6224 -Declipse.committer=userid -DbaseVersion=0.1 -Drelease=0.m1 -DbuildType=milestone -f build.ant publish

Using an alternate rync mirror to speed up populating the local download:

ant … -Drsync.mirror=rsync://ftp-stud.hs-esslingen.de/eclipse/package-drone/

Update current "link"

Unfortunately we cannot use symbolic links on the Eclipse download area. So we actually have to copy things.

With every final release the build.ant has to be modified to point to the correct, new release folder. Locate the file promote/build.ant and the ant target "build.link" and fix it.

Download area

The download location is structured like this:

# plain downloads



# repositories (apt, yum)

                        /current -> 0.13


                        /current -> 0.13




It is possible to test the actual downloadable artifacts. In the test directory of the deploy project are a few sub directories which host docker files, which test the installation from official Eclipse download servers.


cd test/ubuntu
docker build .

Secondary components

Some components of Package Drone may be useful to other projects as well. e.g. the plain Java RPM library. For this we do have a secondary build, which does perform a non-Tycho build, publishing to Maven Central.

The release process currently is far from optimal: