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Creating extensions in plugin.xml programmatically? [message #901475] Sun, 12 August 2012 21:46 Go to next message
Stefan Missing name is currently offline Stefan Missing nameFriend
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Registered: July 2011
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is there a proper way to create a new extension entry within plugin.xml just like the PDE "Manifest+Plugin Editor" does?

Currently I can access the PluginModel via PluginRegistry, but the returned models seem to be "not editable".

Thus, I wonder if there is an API that supports modifications of a plugin model (and plugin.xml)
if I have to modify the plugin.xml and re-load the model.

Thanks for your ideas!



Re: Creating extensions in plugin.xml programmatically? [message #901564 is a reply to message #901475] Mon, 13 August 2012 12:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Joseph Carroll is currently offline Joseph CarrollFriend
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Answer - no.

I see a number of issues with this. (AFAIK) I suppose if you wanted to create an extension point at runtime you would be able to. However, it would not be through modification of a plugin.xml file, because the plugin.xml files are read before a bundle ever loads.

Whether modifying the plugin.xml file was possible or modification of the extension registry, how would you define items that "extend" something that was previously undefined...

Re: Creating extensions in plugin.xml programmatically? [message #906059 is a reply to message #901475] Fri, 31 August 2012 14:37 Go to previous message
Curtis Windatt is currently offline Curtis WindattFriend
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It depends on what you are trying to modify.

1) There is no way to modify the plug-ins running in your Eclipse install. PDE creates a model of these plug-ins for the Plug-in Registry view, but the model is not accessible outside of PDE (and is not modifiable).

2) PDE's model of the workspace and target plug-ins is accessible through the PluginRegistry. However, it cannot be modified. Doing so would make the model inconstent. When launching, OSGi would use what is set in the manifests, even if the PDE model had different information.

3) It is possible to programmatically modify a bundle manifest in the workspace. Use org.eclipse.pde.core.project.IBundleProjectService to get a modifiable model of a workspace project. After modifying the model, call apply() to have the changes applied to the workspace.
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