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From Derek Baum <>
Subject Re: OSGI and IVY
Date Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:21:04 GMT
The fundamental difference between OSGi versioning and Ivy (or Maven)
versioning is that OSGi uses package-versioning:

Import-Package: org.apache.log4j; version="[1.2.15,1.3)"

whereas Ivy uses artifact-versioning:

<dependency org="org.apache.log4j" name=""
rev="1.2.15" />

(OSGi also supports bundle-versioning, but it is not generally considered
good practice to use it: Import-Bundle:;

This typically means that you have to specify your dependencies twice:

   - first at build-time, using artifact versions
   - again at run-time using package versions (in the bundle manifest)

The Apache Felix Sigil project ( provides an Ivy
integration with OBR repositories. (It also provides Eclipse IDE
integration, but the Ivy integration can be used separately).

Sigil provides a custom Ivy parser and Ivy resolver which transparently
augment the artifact dependencies in ivy.xml by resolving OSGi
Import-Package dependencies against OBR repositories.

This means that typically you don't need to explicitly list any artifact
dependencies in ivy.xml, as they are automatically determined by Sigil from
the Import-Package dependencies.

Sigil also includes an Ant  "bundle" task, which builds the actual OSGi
bundles, using bndlib.


On 20 July 2010 18:53, Shawn Castrianni <>wrote:

> Has anybody researched the relationship between OSGI and IVY?  I have a
> large build system running on IVY and is working great.  However,
> development wants to move towards an OSGI runtime framework which impacts
> how the modules are built.  I am trying to figure out how I can merge in
> OSGI bundle creation with my IVY based build system.
> I am finding that the dependency mechanism and publish mechanism in OSGI is
> fighting with the same concepts in IVY.  Therefore, I am not making any
> progress on this OSGI project.
> Has anybody spent any time researching OSGI and have any thoughts on it in
> relation to IVY?
> ---
> Shawn Castrianni
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