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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Using local plugins (Re: [VOTE] merge locationmap branch with trunk)
Date Mon, 27 Jun 2005 10:04:46 GMT
Ferdinand Soethe wrote:
> Ross Gardler wrote:
>>Furthermore, in my work on versioned plugins for the 0.7 release I took
>>us nearly all the way to having plugins used from the plugins directory
>>if they are present there. That would remove the need for a download or
>>a local-deploy for people using the src version of Forrest.
> I very much like that. What means very nearly all the way? What is
> required to complete that?

Well, it is easy, but it is hard ;-)

There are also two stages to the implementation:

Stage 1 - Install from src

The easy part is:

add a new condition to the plugin download code that detects when the 
src files are available and does a 'local-deploy' in preference to 
downloading the unversioned plugins (versioned plugins should always be 
downloaded). This is all done in main/targets/plugins.xml

The hard part is:

the versioned download stuff in main/targets/plugins.xml is in need of 
refactoring, it is quite complex right now because of all the 
conditional behaviour, Ant is not a programming language and it shows in 
that file. I have created an issue to convert it to an Ant task.

Stage 2 - Use in-place

Change the plugin mounting code to mount the plugins from the src directory.


Both stages can be done without the refactoring, it shouldn't add too 
much additional complexity since the extra condition tests would be 
added to existing ones. However, I don't want us to loose sight of the 
refactoring that is needed.

Speaking personally, I don't have the time to do this right now (should 
do after ApacheCon), however, it is something that is very important. If 
someone wants to tackle it I will be sure to help out with any questions 
they have.


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