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Packaging [message #571202] Fri, 18 September 2009 12:30
Johannes Utzig is currently offline Johannes UtzigFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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Hi,

I just found out about this proposal and it sounds very promising to me.
Since this seems to be the place to throw in ideas, I'd like to throw in
mine.
For me, packaging is an important aspect of the build process. I
personally like the simple 'unzip' paradigma of eclipse, but many users
are more familiar with installers, package managers and similar
concepts. Also some eclipse based products require a more sophisticated
process than 'unzip' to properly function.
From what I know, the EPP project is working on installers for Eclipse
based products, and since this project is about simplifying software
build and assembly, here is what I'd really love to see:
The ability to create installers/packages for different operating
systems as easy as it currently is to create an update-site with
buckminster.
Best would be if the actual (platform agnostic) data
(plugins/features/...) would be in one file and the system specific
installer (exe, deb, rpm,...) would be a separate file that fetches
those bundles from the data file that match the platform it's executed on.
This would safe a lot of disc space since you don't need every bundle in
every platform combination and would make it easy to distribute a
cross-platform eclipse product on a single CD for all platform combinations.

Best regards,
Johannes
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