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download a plugin froma zip file [message #550965] Wed, 04 August 2010 17:15 Go to next message
MohamedA  is currently offline MohamedA Friend
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Hi

How can I downlaod an Eclipse plugin from a zip file? Do I just copy the Jar files from the plugin and feature folders to thier counterparts in my eclipse installation folder.

any help would be much appreciated
Mo


Re: download a plugin froma zip file [message #550977 is a reply to message #550965] Wed, 04 August 2010 18:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michael Pellaton is currently offline Michael PellatonFriend
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> How can I downlaod an Eclipse plugin from a zip file? Do I just copy the
> Jar files from the plugin and feature folders to thier counterparts in
> my eclipse installation folder.
You can do that, but that's not the preferred way!

See
http://www.jugs.ch/html/events/slides/091029_ESE09-p2-short. pdf
http://www.slideshare.net/irbull/p2-introduction

If ever possible, install from a site. Sites can be local too and if the
zip file you downloaded contains the necessary metadata, you can use it
as a site.

If the plugin you need does not provide a site, file a bug. This is
something that needs to be fixed upstream by the projects providing the
plugins.

HTH
Michael
Re: download a plugin froma zip file [message #550993 is a reply to message #550977] Wed, 04 August 2010 18:58 Go to previous message
Eric Rizzo is currently offline Eric RizzoFriend
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On 8/4/10 2:00 PM, Michael Pellaton wrote:
>> How can I downlaod an Eclipse plugin from a zip file? Do I just copy the
>> Jar files from the plugin and feature folders to thier counterparts in
>> my eclipse installation folder.
> You can do that, but that's not the preferred way!
>
> See
> http://www.jugs.ch/html/events/slides/091029_ESE09-p2-short. pdf
> http://www.slideshare.net/irbull/p2-introduction
>
> If ever possible, install from a site. Sites can be local too and if the
> zip file you downloaded contains the necessary metadata, you can use it
> as a site.
>
> If the plugin you need does not provide a site, file a bug. This is
> something that needs to be fixed upstream by the projects providing the
> plugins.

+1
Installing a plugin manually is still supported, but it is a much more
error-prone process that way (because you don't get the benefit of
dependency checking and resolution). If you have no option to get the
development machine access to the internet, you'll need to put plugin
JARs into the /dropins folder of Eclipse. Read more here:
http://wiki.eclipse.org/Equinox_p2_Getting_Started#Dropins

Hope this helps,
Eric
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