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From Anders Hammar <>
Subject Re: Maven as an installation tool
Date Fri, 02 Mar 2012 07:57:47 GMT
> Sonatype do some black magic for provision developer desktops, check
> their website.
> There was a demo I saw that pulled down your Eclipse binaries and
> installing plugins and did some configuration stuff.
> I believe that the bundling of the artifacts for provisioning live in
> Nexus - not sure if its a p2 or maven repository.

You're referring to their Onboarding solution that they've turned open source:

This is for materializing (and update) an Eclipse IDE installation. It
pulls artifacts from a P2 repository in Nexus.


> As the other thread "Is Maven the Answer" says you may be better off
> with a pure scripting language or Ant if you want to do non
> build-lifecycle event handling.
> Getting Maven to do what you are suggesting is not going to be simply
> a matter of hooking assembly plugin together with some dependencies.
> You are probably going to have to develop a plugin - at which point
> you have to wonder whether it fits into the idea of Maven's lifecycle
> (and I suggest not).
> If you are running on Windows tools like SCCM do the installation
> management for you.
> Is it worth rolling your own?
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