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Equinox/p2/Admin UI Users Guide

About the Eclipse Provisioning RCP Agent

  • If you have not yet downloaded the Eclipse Provisioning RCP agent, see Getting started with M1.
  • The agent RCP application allows you to install (and uninstall) an Eclipse 3.3 SDK using the Equinox Provisioning framework that is being developed in the Equinox Incubator.
  • The agent application itself is structured on top of the provisioning framework, so you can (purposefully or inadvertantly) modify the agent application by manipulating it within the application.
  • The UI for the RCP app is based on a provisioning admin UI that is being used by the provisioning team to manipulate the environment. It is not intended to demonstrate any actual provisioning UI would be delivered in Eclipse.
  • The workflow we are trying to demonstrate is very narrow, yet the UI is more flexible in allowing you to add/remove repositories and profiles. Failures are brittle (vague error reporting that requires you to check your .log file).

Overview of the Eclipse Provisioning RCP Agent

  • The RCP shows three views:
    • The Metadata Repositories view shows those metadata repositories known by the provisioning infrastructure.
      • You can (and should) ignore those repositories located in your c:/equinox.prov directory. Those are the repositories containing the RCP agent application.
      • The repository of interest is the repository located on (
      • You may add or remove repositories using this view.
      • Expanding a metadata repository will show you the installable units (IU's) available for installing.
      • You may examine the properties of repositories or IU's
      • You may install an IU to a specified profile using drag and drop or the popup menu.
  • The Window>Preferences... menu item lets you control some application preferences:
    • You can control whether drag and drop operations should be confirmed first
    • You can control whether you view all IU's in the repositories and profiles, or just those that have been marked as a "group" IU. Viewing groups only helps reduce the clutter when you are trying to find something like the SDK.

Installing the Eclipse 3.3 SDK using the Provisioning RCP Agent

Cool stuff you can try

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