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Equinox Minutes - 20081216


  • Andrew Cattle
  • Andrew Niefer
  • DJ Houghton
  • John Arthorne
  • Oleg Besedin
  • Pascal Rapicault
  • Tom Watson


  • UNC path support
  • M5 - are we on track for major features implementations
  • API freeze
  • Transforms issues
  • Start levels


  • Plan update
    • Everyone should send status on items on the Equinox plan to Tom.
  • UNC Path support
    • We didn't support UNC paths very well in 3.4
    • Significant effort is likely needed to address this, but there has been very little demand for it
    • Minimally should try to fail gracefully if we don't support it
  • Composite applications
    • Tom gave an overview of composite application framework progress
    • There was some brainstorming of how p2 would interact with a composite application hierarchy
  • API freeze
    • Little or no API work left to do for 3.5, so we are on track for API freeze
  • Transforms
    • Currently transforms are bundles, but considering making them framework extensions instead
    • We have problems on startup because the transform bundles are not starting early enough when using simpleconfigurator.
    • If the registry bundle starts before the transforms, then the transforms are not applied
    • Can workaround the problem by tweaking start levels
  • Start levels
    • Currently PDE build magically hard-codes start-levels and auto-start settings for various well-known bundles
    • There is now support in 3.5 for setting start levels and auto-start in the product file
    • The p2 publisher would need to duplicate the magic start level computation for well known bundles at metadata generation time
    • Would like to remove the "magic" from PDE build and consume start levels from the product files, but how do we set default values so that user's products don't break
    • One option is for PDE UI to copy start levels from the target platform into the product file when a bundle/feature is added to a product at development time
    • Likely still need compatibility mode for handling old product files that don't contain start level data

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