[jboss-user] [JBoss Tools] New message: "Re: jbt manual installation in dropins folder"

Nick Boldt do-not-reply at jboss.com
Sat Mar 13 15:05:09 EST 2010

User development,

A new message was posted in the thread "jbt manual installation in dropins folder":


Author  : Nick Boldt
Email   : nboldt at redhat.com
Profile : http://community.jboss.org/people/nickboldt

We no longer provide a "runnable" zip of all of JBoss Tools for install-by-unzip into dropins, because installation that way is error-prone (particularly on Windows) and doesn't bring in third-party dependencies like birt, maven, or svn, so things you've "installed" are not activated and you have no idea why (or how to diagnose why).  There are still some individual components' zips available [1], but they are being phased out too, and are not recommended for use. The p2 repo site or zip is the best approach.  [1] http://www.jboss.org./tools/download/stable/3_1_GA.html  If you cannot use a p2 repo site or zip to do your installation (because you want to automate it via script or do so via commandline) you can do one of three things:  a) convert the p2 repo site zip into a runnable zip [2], then unpack that into dropins. Not recommended, but doable. (Basically the process involves unzipping all the features and some of the the plugins (those marked unpack="true" in their containing feature's feature.xml). repo2runnable also handles use of unpack200 to unpack packed jars, and therefore requires a 5.0 or 6.0 JDK)  b) mirror the p2 repo site (or zip) into a folder [3] on your disk, then use p2 to install from there (or see (a) above). Not recommended but certainly doable.  c) use a script to run the p2 director [4] to do the install for you headlessly. Recommended, if required.  [2]http://wiki.eclipse.org/Equinox/p2/Ant_Tasks#Repo2Runnable, http://dev.eclipse.org/viewcvs/index.cgi/org.eclipse.dash/athena/org.eclipse.dash.commonbuilder/org.eclipse.dash.common.releng/tools/scripts/p2repoFormatToRunnableSDKFormat.xml?root=Technology_Project&view=markup  [3]http://wiki.eclipse.org/Equinox/p2/Ant_Tasks/Partial_Mirroring/Example, http://wiki.eclipse.org/Equinox/p2/Ant_Tasks#Partial_Mirroring  [4]https://www.jboss.org/tools/download/installation/update_3_1.html#fromscript

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