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From "Oberhuber, Martin" <Martin.Oberhu...@windriver.com>
Subject RE: Support for OSGi
Date Thu, 31 Jan 2008 13:52:29 GMT
Hello Niall,

it would be interesting for Eclipse consumers as
well to get Apache bundles with Meta-info already
applied.

Currently, the Meta-info is mostly added manually
as part of the Eclipse Orbit project.

I have had a brief look at your auto-generated
MANIFEST for commons net, and found a few issues:
 
http://people.apache.org/~niallp/commons-osgi/commons-net-1.5.0-SNAPSHOT
-MANIFEST.MF

1. Import-Package: examples;version="1.5.0.SNAPSHOT"
   this is just wrong. The commons net deliverable
   jar should not import examples.

2. Import-Package: org.apache.commons.net.smtp
   this is also wrong though less destructive.
   commons.net.smtp is really exported and not imported.

3. Export-Package:
org.apache.commons.net.smtp;uses:="org.apache.commons.net.io,org.apache.
commons.net"
   It's useless to add a "uses" directive for
   packages that are in the same bundle. At
   Eclipse-Orbit, we've found problems with "uses"
   and decided to no longer use it.

I guess that these should perhaps really be bug
reports against the Bnd utility which autogenerated
the Manifest; Tool: Bnd-0.0.227. 

But for me, it also shows that in the current stage
it looks like the OSGi manifest still needs to be
written by hand and not auto-generated.

Anyways, if there is a plan to make a downloadable
release of any commons packages with OSGi info 
added, I'd like to know.

Thanks,
--
Martin Oberhuber, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Wind River
Target Management Project Lead, DSDP PMC Member
http://www.eclipse.org/dsdp/tm
 
 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Niall Pemberton [mailto:niall.pemberton@gmail.com] 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 11:30 PM
> To: Commons Developers List
> Cc: dev@felix.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Support for OSGi
> 
> I have created a JIRA ticket for the changes to the commons-parent pom
> to add the bundle plugin:
>   https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COMMONSSITE-23
> 
> I have also tested out the plugin by generating the jars/manifest for
> all but three components:
>   http://people.apache.org/~niallp/commons-osgi/
> 
> I'll leave the ticket open for a few days - but unless there are
> objections/issues raised I plan to apply the changes to
> commons-parent.
> 
> Niall
> 
> On Dec 19, 2007 2:38 PM, Carsten Ziegeler 
> <cziegeler@apache.org> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > the products of commons are highly used throughout many projects.
> >
> > It would be great, if the projects here at Apche Commons could help
> > those projects that are using OSGi.
> >
> > OSGi is based around the concept of a bundle - a bundle is 
> a jar file
> > with additional meta data like the packages it exports and a list of
> > external packages it is using (please forgive me if I'm 
> simplifying here
> > too much).
> >
> > As many projects are using artifacts from Apache Commons, 
> they need the
> > specific jars as bundles. This is most often done by 
> creating so called
> > wrapper bundles: these are jars that have the same contents as the
> > original library with the addition of the required meta data.
> > You can find several examples here:
> >
> > http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/felix/trunk/commons/
> >
> > Now, it would be great, if the projects here at Apache Commons would
> > already provide artifacs that can be directly used in an 
> OSGi environment.
> >
> > All that has to be done is adding some entries to the 
> manifest. This is
> > usually a list of imported packages, a list of exported packages, a
> > symbolic name for the bundle and a version. (There are some more but
> > these are the most important ones).
> >
> > Adding these entries can be done by hand (not recommended) 
> or with tools
> > automatically. For example the Apache Felix maven 
> bundleplugin requires
> > just some lines of configuration and that's it.
> >
> > It would be great if some of the projects here could add 
> these meta data
> > as part of their next release. This will make the life of 
> all projects
> > using OSGi much much easier.
> >
> > So if you're interested in helping us, just let us know. We would be
> > happy to make the required changes to the poms or whatever 
> needs to be
> > done. I cc'ed the Felix dev list as some Felix developers 
> might not be
> > subscribed to the commons dev list, so please keep them 
> cross posted.
> >
> > Thanks
> > Carsten
> > --
> > Carsten Ziegeler
> > cziegeler@apache.org
> >
> > 
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