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Re: [p2-dev] FW: P2 Profile Questions

Hi Warren,

I've also recently been working in this area, and posted a description of where I am/what I've been able to get working on the wiki page:




Warren_Paul@xxxxxxx wrote:
Hi Folks,
Firstly, apologies if this has gone to the wrong list.  Let me know and I will repost immediately.
I'm considering refactoring the webapp quickstart code and submitting back to the community.  To that end I've started a discussion page here:-
Before I do this however I'd like to check that I understand p2 and that this is, in fact, a required course of action for me.
My understanding is that any 3.4 equinox application wishing to use p2 (as well as including the p2 bundles) must establish a valid p2 profile around the initial "bootstrap" application.  Otherwise p2 wont provision at all or wont provision properly.  There are at least a couple of ways of doing this:-
1. Establish a p2 profile for the bootstrap application during the nightly build and make it part of the application
2. Establish a p2 profile the first time the application is started (the webapp quickstart approach)
To date I have attempted to go the first route.  Briefly, I have a version of the servlet bridge that I've modified to use a release version of the ganymede codeline.  I've manually updated the set of bundles to include p2, the simpleconfigurator and simpleconfigurator.manipulator.  I created a basic profile for this installation by using the admin UI and using it to provision a feature that contained all the same bundles as my initial installation.  I copied this profile into my application.  I then found that I had to add all the "tooling.*" installable units to this profile as they were missing and this was causing provisioning issues.
After these steps I've had some success provisioning other features and bundles from updates site and by dropping them into the "dropins" folder.
So, I was happy I got it working :-)         
But it seems a bit hokey process to me.  Perhaps I am doing it wrong?  Or perhaps the webapp quickstart is actually the right way of doing this?  Or perhaps they are two ways of achieving the same goal.
Would love to hear anyone thoughts on the subject.
Many thanks

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