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From "Dominik Wagenknecht (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (DERBY-3031) Improve Derby core plugin packaging & structure (solving MANY problems)
Date Wed, 29 Aug 2007 09:33:30 GMT
Improve Derby core plugin packaging & structure (solving MANY problems)

                 Key: DERBY-3031
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-3031
             Project: Derby
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Eclipse Plug-in
    Affects Versions:,,,,,
         Environment: Any eclipse supported platform, rcp product, webstart-rcp-product
            Reporter: Dominik Wagenknecht

There are some problems with the current packaging of the core plugin. Since eclipse 3.3 it
is highly recommended to package plugins as "jar packages". Additionally all current eclipse
plugins come jar'd and signed!

I propose the following packaging:
- Split plugin into several plugins. One plugin per old jar included -- this way a plugin
is a JAR and not a plugin-folder with n jars in it
- These plugins need their requirements and exports set right thus separating db-server from
client-libraries and so on (reduce size)
- Add a feature to get "full" derby support with branding (better representation is never
a bad idea)

- Conform with eclipse. No more plugin-folders. No update-manager hassles. No RCP developer
- When jar's are signed webstarting automatically works.
- Feature for better representation & update manager support (preferred installation method
- much lighter footprint

- "inject" MANIFEST.MF into existing single jar's, renaming them to conform "eclipse-style"
with version indicator (as multiple plugin versions are supported)
- provide download zip with "feature" and "plugins" directories where the feature/plugins
live in

This solves the following long-standing bugs:

...and includes...:

I always wanted to report this, because currently I'm repackaging every derby update to keep
my software running...so is this feasible??
Thank you & Greetings from Vienna!

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