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Offline Plugin Installation [message #1767504] Thu, 06 July 2017 14:39 Go to next message
Marc Thomson is currently offline Marc ThomsonFriend
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I need to install plugins into eclipse hosted on a network that is isolated from the internet. Where do I find the jar or zip file to install? What are the step by step instructions to install a plugin from a jar or zip. On a Windows 7 system, which file type is preferred, jar or zip?

Re: Offline Plugin Installation [message #1767548 is a reply to message #1767504] Fri, 07 July 2017 05:36 Go to previous message
Ed Merks is currently offline Ed MerksFriend
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Not all update sites provide a zipped form, so that's a problem. If you have one, the dialog to install new software has an Add... button that brings up a dialog with an Archive... button so installing from an archive (zip or jar) is easy, and there is also a Local... button to point at a folder. If the update site doesn't come in zipped form, you can use p2's mirror application to mirror the repository to the file system. E.g., a bash script like this (which mirrors both the artifacts and the metadata) does the tricky:


if [[ $# != 2 ]]; then
  echo "mirror-eclipse <source-URL> <targetURL>"
 $eclipse -nosplash -verbose \
   -application org.eclipse.equinox.p2.artifact.repository.mirrorApplication \
   -source $1 \
   -destination $2
 $eclipse -nosplash -verbose \
   -application org.eclipse.equinox.p2.metadata.repository.mirrorApplication \
   -source $1 \
   -destination $2


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