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On install plugin not visible in the "Open Perspective" nor "Show View" menus [message #711203] Fri, 05 August 2011 18:17 Go to next message
SAM  is currently offline SAM
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Registered: August 2011
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I have been working on a plug-in for eclipse that has 7 views contained in a Perspective.

When I test my plug-in as an eclipse application from my development environment (Helios for RCP and RAP developers) my perspective and views work correctly and show up in both the "Open Perspective" and "Show View" menus and I can then load and use my plug-in.

However when I export my plugin as a jar file and place it in the dropins folder of various Helios and Indigo builds OR create (following the instructions on wiki.eclipse.org/FAQ_How_do_I_create_an_update_site_%28site.xml%29%3F) and install from a local update site (Help->Install New Software->Add->Local->etc...), my perspective, views and toolbar buttons do not show up (neither before nor after restart). I know that the plugin or at least the Feature is installed because when I look in Help->About->Installation Details, the feature shows up and can be uninstalled.

I have tried to follow steps and suggestions detailed on various sites about setting up/starting plugins as well as following the exporting steps on the overview page of the plugin.xml file.

My assumption, correct or not, is that if everything shows up fine when testing, by running the project from my developing instance of eclipse, then the plugin.xml file is mostly correct and I have the plug-in project set up correctly to be exported and still work as set up.

Does anyone have suggestions about what could be missing in my process or that I might be doing wrong such that my plug-in is un-findable when installed? Or somewhat more detailed information about how the Extensions section of plugin.xml is used by eclipse when loading/installing a plugin?

Thank you.
Re: On install plugin not visible in the "Open Perspective" nor "Show Vie [message #711904 is a reply to message #711203] Sat, 06 August 2011 16:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michael Pellaton is currently offline Michael Pellaton
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Registered: July 2009
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Hi

Look in the plugin dependencies view (on the target). If there is a
dependency problem or version conflict it should show up there.

Then use the OSGi console and see whether your plug-ins in is resolved,
started, ...

Michael
Re: On install plugin not visible in the "Open Perspective" nor "Show Vie [message #713730 is a reply to message #711904] Mon, 08 August 2011 19:03 Go to previous message
SAM  is currently offline SAM
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Registered: August 2011
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The OSGI console said that my plug-in was installed. And you were correct, when I tried manually starting the plug-in from the OSGI console using "start <id>", some files that the plugin depended on showed up in the console as having not been included in the build of the plugin. I rebuilt it with the files and it works marvelously. Thank you for the suggestions.
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