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From Andrea Pescetti <>
Subject Re: Automatically Generated <extension>.update.xml
Date Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:13:01 GMT
imacat wrote:
> I wonder if it
> is possible to generate the extension update information files
> <extension>.update.xml automatically on
>, instead of maintaining the update
> information files by the authors manually?

This requires a slightly complex answer since there are differences 
between theory and practice.

In theory, when you upload an extension to, 
you needn't provide an update XML file: the repository knows about the 
mechanism and automatically generates it. Moreover, OpenOffice knows 
where to ask for the update so, if you use the official repository to 
host your extension, updates will magically work with no need of actions 
from the developer (not even specify an update URL), aside possibly from 
making sure that the version number always increases.

In practice, the process is broken. The point where it breaks is the 
fact that does not provide the real update 
information but it sends a hardcoded answer instead, saying that no 
updates are available. This was done back in the Oracle times for some 
reasons - probably traffic, but I have no clue here, maybe it was just 

Fact is, what you ask for is already available in theory and I have seen 
it working for a period before it was disabled in 2010. But it isn't 
available in practice at the moment, and it hasn't been for years.

On the application side (the OpenOffice program) everything should still 
be working, even though I've recently seen an issue where Ariel 
explained we might have some regressions on the OpenOffice side too:


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