I don't think the features (save as ecore, or compare) are available in the aggregator UI.
It is not difficult to do this in code though.
As you can see in https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=304345
- the p2 model is available as a separate bundle. In code you can load repositories into the model, and then do what you want with the result (in your case - save it in xmi format for comparison).
The issue https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=306980
is about being able to write a p2 ecore model as a p2 repo (i.e. the p2 meta data format). This feature is great for performing manipulations of p2 repositories - load them into a model, transform and write back as p2, but I don't think this is required in your use case.
Adding the end-user operation to save as ecore, or indeed to perform the comparison would be a great contribution to the aggregator project ;-)
If you choose to go ahead and solve this in code (either just a quick and dirty utility for your own use, or as a contribution), you can ask questions on the b3 forum/newsgroup. I may have some example code to look at etc. (not sure this is of interest to all on the p2-dev mailing list).
On Jun 3, 2011, at 9:41 PM, Henrich Kraemer wrote:
Thank you for your suggestion. This seems very promising and so I went for it:
1. Starting with Eclipse 3.6.2 and installed additions for EMF-Compare and b3 aggregator via update sites mentioned on the Eclipse wiki.
2. Create a simple aggregator model in the Aggregator Model Editor:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<aggregator:Aggregator xmi:version="2.0" xmlns:xmi="http://www.omg.org/XMI" xmlns:aggregator="http://www.eclipse.org/b3/2010/aggregator/1.0.0" label="first-test" buildRoot="build">
<configurations operatingSystem="linux" windowSystem="gtk"/>
<repositories location="C:\Components\Eclipse" mirrorArtifacts="false"/>
<repositories location="C:\Components\Equinox" mirrorArtifacts="false"/>
3. This model builds fine and when it is opened with the Aggregator Model Editor I see two p2 repos and their contents as a tree which is very cool.
This is were I got stuck as I could not figure out how to get an EMF file of the p2 repositories.
Message http://www.eclipse.org/forums/index.php/m/521750/ mentions the ecore model for p2 and the need to supporting saving these files. However I did not find a way to save these so that I can use the EMF compare on it.
I tried selecting both p2 repo nodes in the Aggregator Model Editor and then compare via context menu entry 'Compare with -> Each Other' but that wasn't enabled. While this was not unexpected, that would be a great feature.
From https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=306980 it appears I may need a newer version of the aggregator and to write code.
Is there an end user feature available in some newer version supporting this?
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