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From Andrei Shakirin <>
Subject RE: Improvements for CXF OSGi packaging
Date Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:30:09 GMT
+1 from me.

See a lot of users using or like to use CXF clients in Eclipse RCP applications.
Not sure about efforts.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christian Schneider [] On Behalf Of
> Christian Schneider
> Sent: Freitag, 12. April 2013 16:25
> To: CXF Dev
> Subject: Improvements for CXF OSGi packaging
> Hi all,
> we already have an extremely simple CXF installation in Apache Karaf with
> the feature file we provide. On other platforms it is much harder to install
> cxf:
> - Equinox
> - Felix
> - Eclipse RCP (for GUIs)
> Currently people using one of these platforms often use the DOSGi
> distribution as it conveniently contains all needed bundles. Some use cases
> of cxf are not covered though as the necessary bundles are not part of the
> DOSGi distro.
> Another big concern for me is that it is very hard to update the DOSGi distro
> to a new CXF version.  Basically this means to check and update all
> dependencies by hand.
> So I would like to discuss how we could improve this.
> The first thing is to make it easier to create the DOSGi distro. I have the idea
> to use the karaf feature files of CXF and DOSGi to create the DOSGi distro.
> Probably we would need another feature that reflects the basic bundles that
> are normally already present in karaf and are a prerequisite for CXF.
> The second thing is to create a P2 repository for each CXF release. The idea is
> to also use the feature files for this. The P2 repository would allow eclipse rcp
> users to easily and modularly add cxf to a target platform in the same way
> you can add eclipse features. The easiest way would be to publish the repo
> as a zip file in the maven repo. To make it more convenient we could also
> publish it as an update site on the web.
> One last thing is the system package exports. In Karaf 2.3+ we support now
> special api jars that allow to exchange jdk apis and impls without tweaking
> the system package exports. Can we also do this for plain felix, equinox and
> eclipse rcp?
> So what do you think? Should this be possible? Is it worth the effort?
> Christian
> --
> Christian Schneider
> Open Source Architect

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