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Use Eclipse Update Manager to distribute non-java code [message #563431] Tue, 13 February 2007 16:14
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Originally posted by: etsifrina.chessys.com

We have an RCP Application that we are attempting to distribute using the
Update Manager (Eclipse 3.2.1). Since we don't have any experience with
it, to test the concept, I've created a sample RCP App / Feature and
created an update site to update it. That works fine and I am able to run
the software update from the site, as well as see and install the new
features.

The problem comes here:
In addition to java-based RCP code, a separate part of our application is
written in Power Builder. We were hoping to be able to update it along
side our RCP App, using Update Manager. I haven't been able to find any
substantial information on the subject in either Eclipse Help files nor on
the web. I have also tried to hack it by packaging the code into a .jar
and placing it into features/ folder on the update site and modifying
site.xml file to relfect the new "feature" like so:

<feature url="features/pbClient_1.0.0.jar" id="pbClient"
version="1.0.0">
<category name="PB App"/>
</feature>
<category-def name="PB App" label="PB App"/>

That didn't work and the new "feature" was not visible under new updates.
I suspect that if I can somehow package this code from within Eclipse, it
might work, but I am really at a loss as to how.

So the question is:
Is it possible to update a non-java code/packages via Update Manager?
If so, does anyone have any experience with it and could someone point me
in the right direction? I seem to have exausted my known options.

Thanks in advance for any responses/direction,

~ Elena
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