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Re: [equinox-dev] appending reference to url passed toBundleContext.installBundle

A 'reference' install will not copy the content of the bundle file into the framework's internal storage.  Instead it will load the bundle directly out of the file URL the 'reference' URL is pointing to.  Note that 'reference' URLs only support embedded 'file' URLs (not http etc.)  This has advantages for management agents that manage bundles in their own bundle store on disk and you want to avoid double copies of the bundle on disk when they are installed into the framework.
Any non-reference URL will copy the content of the bundle into the framework's internal storage.  This allows the original content to be deleted after installation and the bundle will remain functional and installed within the framework.

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From: Yash Bagadia <bagadia.yash@xxxxxxxx>
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Subject: [equinox-dev] appending reference to url passed to BundleContext.installBundle
Date: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 3:33 AM
I have observed there are 2 ways to pass url to BundleContext.installBundle function as below:
String installURL1 = "file:///abc/def.jar;
 String installURL2 = "reference:file:abc/def.jar";
What is the difference in these 2 and which one is recommended?
Yash Bagadia
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