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[cross-project-issues-dev] Upcoming pack200 changes on Eclipse Platform side

Hey everyone,
Due to pack200 being no-op since Eclipse 4.16 when run on Java 14+ (as the JVM removed the needed underlying tools) Eclipse TLP is planning the following changes:
* 2021-09 release - no pack200 artifacts being generated and published
* 2022-06 release - p2 APIs will ignore everything pack200 and not deal with pack200 at all
* 2023-06 release - p2 pack200 specific APIs will be entirely removed

It's documented in the recommendations [1] and removals[2] documentation for upcoming 2021-06 release.
We strongly advise projects to stop generating and publishing pack.gz files even for the 2021-06 release.


Aleksandar Kurtakov
Red Hat Eclipse Team

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