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From Pascal Rapicault <pascal_rapica...@yahoo.fr>
Subject Re: CLI for PDE as build tool? (was: Re: IDE Lockin?)
Date Sat, 03 Dec 2005 22:44:30 GMT

What you are describing already exists and is called PDE Build. It is 
the mechanism used by the SDK team and most (if not all) of the other 
eclipse projects to build their bundles.
It takes as input a set of bundles to build (the set is described in a 
feature.xml), analyzes their manifest, create an Ant build file for 
each of them and also creates a general build file orchestrating the 

The build script generator is an Ant task.


Ps: I will post here a detailed example on how to setup a PDE based 

On 3-Dec-05, at 1:52 PM, Peter Neubauer wrote:

> The only system right now doing that is the PDE. How about separating 
> the PDE
> GUI from the PDE core (not sure if that is already there), add a 
> command line
> interface to the core, and be able to run the PDE as a build tool? 
> behind the
> scenes you could probably use Ant or whatever for compiling etc etc. 
> and make
> the internal dependency model (read up from the manifests) exportable 
> to
> interlinked POMs, RDF, Manifests or other formats. I think that would 
> give
> everyone a nice start on OSGi centric build systems.

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