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Re: [tycho-dev] [discuss] tycho repository layout and metadata format

> > Sorry. IMHO using something non-deterministic (like the p2 planner on
> > a mutable p2 repository) and then adding constraints to it will _not_
> > yield a reproducible build.
> >
> It will work if there is only one possible solution to the problem. So
> it is theoretically possible to start with non-deterministic target
> platform and add enough constraints to essentially make all dependencies
> strict. I ran some prototypes couple of years ago. If project target
> platform is defined in terms of eclipse features, for example, then
> number of additional constraints necessary to make resolution fully
> reproducible is relatively small.

But we are obviously talking about different ways of "defining in terms of features".

If you feed feature IUs into a PermissiveSlicer with considerOnlyStrictDependency=true, the resolution is reproducible without any additional constraints.

If you want to be able to feed your target platform configuration into a normal Slicer, you need to additionally define the versions of all non-strictly required IUs. We had implemented this approach for our proprietary build system, but we found it failing recently when a feature patch was added to a p2 repository. (I still need to report this as p2 bug ...).


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