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[equinox-dev] Re: [eclipse-dev] Export-Package list: The plan

Hey Glyn,

I believe that there is some doc for the component.xml stuff but am not sure where it is.  The x-internal and x-friends markup is "documented" in


Glyn Normington/UK/IBM@IBMGB

04/13/2005 03:47 AM

Jeff McAffer/Ottawa/IBM@IBMCA
Re: [eclipse-dev] Export-Package list:  The planLink

Hi Jeff,

Is there a write up of component.xml files and the use of "x-internal" and "x-friends"? Presumably this is effectively a multi-bundle component model.

Do the rules below also apply to any OSGi bundles that may eventually be shared between Eclipse and other OSGi platforms which don't have such a component model? I would hope not.

(I kept this off the main eclipse-dev mailing list so as not to dilute your mandate.)


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08/04/2005 20:55

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[eclipse-dev] Export-Package list:  The plan

There is still some confusion around the Export-Package list in the MANIFEST.MF.  Allow me to clarify the situation for all Eclipse SDK plugins.

*   ALL Eclipse SDK plugins must list ALL of their packages in their MANIFEST.MF files.  

*   API or not.  If you have a package on your plugin's classpath, it must be listed.  

*   New?  List it!  Old?  List it!  Borrowed from a friend? List it!  

Exceptions to this model should be taken up with the PMC.

Notice that this puts us in exactly the same situation as we have always been in.  Everyone has the ability to see everything.  As we have seen in the past couple days, the community's desire/need for the freedom to access non-API is overwhelming.  In fact, this forms a critical part of the Eclipse ecosystem allowing experimentation and investigation.

This approach is NOT at odds with, and is fundamentally separate from, our ongoing work to get control over the API and help developers stay on "the right path".  That effort is supported by the addition of the component.xml files, the use of "x-internal" and "x-friends" annotations on export entries and the PDE/JDT work to more accurately model the runtime classpath at development time.  

All teams please review your Export-Package lists and ensure that all packages are listed correctly.

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