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2019 Silent install [message #1810913] Wed, 21 August 2019 20:35 Go to next message
Fred White is currently offline Fred WhiteFriend
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I saw some old discussions saying that it couldn't be done but was wondering if anything has changed to allow Eclipse Java IDE to be silently installed.
Re: 2019 Silent install [message #1810942 is a reply to message #1810913] Thu, 22 August 2019 11:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ed Merks is currently offline Ed MerksFriend
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I've never seen any installation tool that's completely silent. After all, something might go wrong and one is generally given a choice where to install. Moreover, one generally expects minimally to see a progress indication...

How silent are you expecting it to be?

Certainly there is an outstanding enhancement request for a headless mode:

https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=487626

It shouldn't be so challenging to implement, but no one wants it badly enough to fund the development effort involved...

The installer does take command line arguments now and with a configuration, basically any and all the choices of what to install, and even where to install, can be specified in the configuration:

https://wiki.eclipse.org/Eclipse_Oomph_Authoring#Automation_and_Specialization_with_Configurations

Re: 2019 Silent install [message #1810968 is a reply to message #1810913] Thu, 22 August 2019 17:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Nitin Dahyabhai is currently offline Nitin DahyabhaiFriend
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You can download the zip/tar file you want to start with, and then use the P2 director application to add the rest:

https://help.eclipse.org/2019-06/index.jsp?topic=%2Forg.eclipse.platform.doc.isv%2Fguide%2Fp2_director.html


Nitin Dahyabhai
Eclipse Web Tools Platform
Re: 2019 Silent install [message #1810985 is a reply to message #1810968] Fri, 23 August 2019 03:45 Go to previous message
Ed Merks is currently offline Ed MerksFriend
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Yes, and the director application is inside of the thing you untar/unzip.

The installer is simply reusing the same infrastructure as the p2 director is using; with a Configuration one can easily specify all the "configuration options" as so-called setup tasks, not surprisingly, using p2 director task in this case to include any additional things you might want to install.

For example, I have this in my user.setup:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<setup.p2:P2Task
    xmi:version="2.0"
    xmlns:xmi="http://www.omg.org/XMI"
    xmlns:setup.p2="http://www.eclipse.org/oomph/setup/p2/1.0"
    label="VI">
  <requirement
      name="com.mbartl.viplugin.eclipse.feature.group"
      optional="true"/>
  <repository
      url="http://viplugin.com"/>
</setup.p2:P2Task>
So every IDE that I install automatically includes vi support (because I can't edit without it).
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