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How to create an eclipse install with plugins pre-installed. [message #772284] Thu, 29 December 2011 12:25 Go to next message
Nathan Coast is currently offline Nathan CoastFriend
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Registered: December 2011
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Hi all,

What I'm trying to achieve:
* An eclipse install with various plugins installed and configured - aiming at 1000+ users within a corporate environment.
* The installation should be read-only (users shouldn't have access to Program Files).
* Users should be able to install new plugins and update existing plugins.

Feel free to point me at any instructions. I have seen a help page entitled "Eclipse multi-user installs" (unable to post link here).
help.eclipse.org/indigo/index.jsp?topic=%2Forg.eclipse.platform.doc.isv%2Freference%2Fmisc%2Fmulti_user_installs.html

My plan goes something like...
Create an eclipse zip including extra plugins intended as read-only within Program Files.
Launch eclipse using -configuration flag to point a user's configuration area to a writeable area.

However, this will result in two different copies of various eclipse folders - plugins, configuration, p2, features. One each within eclipse install and configuration areas. Not to mention other files such as artifacts.xml. Is this legal? What is the expected behaviour? Are they cumulative?

Cheers,
Nathan

[Updated on: Thu, 29 December 2011 12:27]

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Re: How to create an eclipse install with plugins pre-installed. [message #772333 is a reply to message #772284] Thu, 29 December 2011 14:35 Go to previous message
Russell Bateman is currently offline Russell BatemanFriend
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Registered: July 2009
Location: Provo, Utah, USA
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On 2011.12.29 5:26, Nathan Coast wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> What I'm trying to achieve:
> * An eclipse install with various plugins installed and configured.
> * The installation should be read-only (users shouldn't have access to
> Program Files).
> * Users should be able to install new plugins and update existing plugins.
>
> Feel free to point me at any instructions. I have seen a help page
> entitled "Eclipse multi-user installs" (unable to post link here).
> help.eclipse.org/indigo/index.jsp?topic=%2Forg.eclipse.platform.doc.isv%2Freference%2Fmisc%2Fmulti_user_installs.html
>
>
> My plan goes something like...
> Create an eclipse zip including extra plugins intended as read-only
> within Program Files.
> Launch eclipse using -configuration flag to point a user's configuration
> area to a writeable area.
>
> However, this will result in two different copies of various eclipse
> folders - plugins, configuration, p2, features. One each within eclipse
> install and configuration areas. Not to mention other files such as
> artifacts.xml. Is this legal? What is the expected behaviour? Are the
> cumulative?
>
> Cheers,
> Nathan

The answer is no.

There are tools for this. Once third-party tool is name Powered by
Pulse. There is (was) an Eclipse project for doing something like this,
but I'm unfamiliar with it and don't remember its name.
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