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From "Guillaume Nodet (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Assigned] (KARAF-1169) Support for hidden or dependent features....
Date Tue, 27 May 2014 11:40:01 GMT

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Guillaume Nodet reassigned KARAF-1169:

    Assignee: Guillaume Nodet

> Support for hidden or dependent features....
> --------------------------------------------
>                 Key: KARAF-1169
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/KARAF-1169
>             Project: Karaf
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: karaf-feature
>            Reporter: Daniel Kulp
>            Assignee: Guillaume Nodet
>             Fix For: 4.0.0
> Some applications we have have blocks of common dependencies that are shared by multiple
features.  We currently define them in a new feature, but that's not really what they are
as it's not expected to be installed individually.  Right now, they appear in things like
the features:list which can confuse users.   We can just put all the bundles in that feature
into all the other features that need it, but that duplicates a lot of stuff and can create
additional maintenance work. 
> There are a couple options that could be pursued:
> 1) Could just add a flag like dependency="true" or abstract="true" or hidden="true" to
<feature> to mark the feature as something that shouldn't really be exposed to the user.
> 2) Create a new tag to express common blocks of bundles that can be depended on from
a feature.  
> For example, CXF has a "cxf-saaj-impl" feature that installs the bundles needed for SAAJ
to work.   That is then required by ws-security and jaxws and a few others.   It's not really
something we would expect users to "features:install", but we also don't want to duplicate
that setup in a bunch of other places.

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