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Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] p2 update

I agree that product installers and other supported tools should be aware of p2 and should take advantage of it.  I am planning to change our build tools as necessary when the time comes.

But I'm thinking about the hundreds of random developers in our organization working on Eclipse applications, who are used to constructing their Eclipse IDE and their Eclipse target (to build against) by throwing together random sets of plugins in their plugins directory.  They realize that this is error prone and can result in an invalid configuration, but the process works well enough for them.  Will they have to change their ways?  If so, who will provide the education and how should it be distributed?

Pascal Rapicault <Pascal_Rapicault@xxxxxxxxxx>
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03/27/2008 11:03

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Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] p2 update

The advantages are that you now have more flexibility to organize your
plugins ( but
more importantly it allows you to not mix-up the plug-ins you want to try
with the plug-ins you know already runs well. One of the typical problem
users had in the past was that after having unzipped random stuffs in the
plugins folder, their eclipse install would no longet start and they would
not know what to delete and therefore ended up trashing everything. With
the dropins you can simply delete its content, or if you have organized the
content of the dropins you can just delete what you believe broke your

All that said, one of the goal of p2 is to get people out of the file
system by offering more appealing installation metaphors such as d&d of zip
files, URLs, etc onto the installation UI.


 From:       David Olsen <David.Olsen@xxxxxxxxxx>                                                                                                  
 To:         Cross project issues <cross-project-issues-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>                                                                            
 Date:       03/27/2008 12:33 PM                                                                                                                    
 Subject:    Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] p2 update                                                                                              

Pascal wrote on 03/27/2008 07:25:00:
>       - p2 is now capable of discovering plugins dropped in the plugins
> folder, like you have always been able to do. That said, going forward we
> still recommend people to use the dropins folder

What advantages does using the dropins folder have?  What will go wrong if
we continue to drop things in the plugins folder?

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