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Re: [p2-dev] ECF p2 repos are missing

On 10/26/2010 8:02 PM, Jeff McAffer wrote:
So is this a problem of repo stability? Seems like all ECF (whatever project) consumers would have a problem if there is reduction in the stability or durability of the project repos. Personally I encourage all projects to declare and maintain repo durability and URI stability models that facilitate their consumer usecases. If repos are moving and disappearing randomly, the project will be seen as unstable or hard to adopt and consumers will just go away.

Do we expect that this will be an ongoing problem?

No. It's due to a miscommunication around moving these integration bundles to archive.eclipse.org in response to EF clean up request. See https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=328511

The ongoing problem is that the current process for us to make the filetransfer plugins available to the platform is unsustainable for us. It complicates the build of other parts of ECF (i.e. that are not consumed by the platform but rather distributed as part of ECF), and the releng we've been doing to accomodate the platform build creates a lot of unnecessary work for us. We have don't have enough resources to waste them.

We would like to move to a model where we build all our bundles with our builder, produce a p2 repo, and the ECF filetransfer bundles are consumed by the platform from that repo. That seems doable to me...as it should be possible for the platform releng to simply read/retrieve the relevant (filetransfer) bundles from out of the repo created by our builder....rather than what we are doing now with map file entries...which is clumsy, error prone all around, and costly for us.