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Re: [p2-dev] Proposal: Simplified installer/updater.

Hi David, 

I absolutely agree with you and would welcome such an API! We use even in 90% P2 for simple install, update and uninstall operations and thus would like to use P2 rather as a black box. Currently we developers are concerned with concepts like ProvisioningAgents, ProvisioningSessions, ProvisioningContext, IQueryables and IQueryResults, InstallOperations etc. There is a steep learning curve yet if developer want to use P2. In my opinion P2 is a very big step forward compared to the UpdateManager but at the same time it is very difficult to handle. To be honest we try to get P2 working now for over two years, followed all the API changes but P2 is very resistant :)


Am 07.02.2011 um 23:04 schrieb David Orme:

P2 team,


We have been proposing an additional layer on top of P2 to take care of 80% of the auto-update use-cases really simply.  The purpose of this message is to run our proposed API past the community and make sure we're not doing anything silly or stupid as well as to hopefully elicit constructive feedback about this proposal.


1) public InstallStatus install(Set<URL> p2Sites) throws InstallError

The purpose of this API is simply to synchronize the running platform with the union of the IUs available on p2Sites.  New stuff is installed; out-of-date IUs are upgraded; IUs that no longer exist on any site are removed from the local configuration.

The InstallStatus return value is an IStatus.  It (a) tells the client if it needs to restart, and (b) encapsulates state that you might want to log for diagnostic purposes.

2) public InstallStatus install(Set<URL> p2Sites, Set<IVersionedId> featuresRequested) throws InstallError

Sometimes you want to only make a certain set of Features available to the user, based on their login credentials or if they've given you money, for example.  This API presumes that you've done whatever you need to determine what IUs/Features you need, and it installs just those IUs/Features.  All other Features are disabled in the current profile.


Having these two APIs would handle all of the self-updating RCP applications we have seen at my client and probably most of them out there.  This seems like a lot of expressive value for RCP (and possibly server-side OSGi) clients.

Unless someone objects, we would like to go ahead and implement these (and incubate the work in the E4 repo).


Does anyone see any issues with defining API this way?  For example, is it okay for P2 to have a dependency on core.runtime (IStatus)?

Any other thoughts/feedback?


Dave Orme

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