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Managing eclipse plugins

Posted on 2007-04-05
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Environment: Win XP, Eclipse3.2.2

http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/library/os-ecl-manage/
http://blog.exis.com/colin/archives/2004/12/23/managing-plugins-in-eclipse/

The links above are for two articles that mention the three ways of managing plugins:
1. update manager
2. through an external plugin directory
3. through a link(that also uses a plugin directory but it is still different than 2.)

I have successfully followed the second approach although some plugins such as WTP do not work.  I think this is due to the fact that WTP requires outside packages/plugins such as ...jem(if I recall correctly).  This is what I believe is happening because when I installed WTP(a while back) via the update manager I remember there was a dependency issue.  Whereas if I stall SQL Explorer via the external plugin directory it works like a charm.  Could anyone explain how to deal with dependencies such as those in the WTP case?

The instructions for the third way to manage plugins, via links, are pretty straightforward yet they are not cooperating with me.  Does anyone know if this method works with eclipse3.2.2?  I think this is not working because I am able to get SQL explorer to work via the external plugin directory method(method 2) but not this one.  I really do not see what is wrong.  Any suggestions?
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To further complicate things if you look at the site for the FileSync plugin, the installation instructions only mention the update manager method.  I tried to use the external directory approach, i.e. I place the only file with this plugin, filezync...jar into the external-plugins/eclipse/plugins directory and it does not work (as per the instructions on the plugin home page).   Does this mean that the approaches outside the update manager are not necessarily guaranteed to work?
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Mayank S earned 500 total points
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Well, you can use the software update manager - but as far as I have seen, it will also put all the plug-ins to the eclipse\plugin directory.
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eclipse\plugins I mean
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I guess that making a copy of the entire eclipse folder after you set up all of the plugins is a simple and completely good answer.  I'll wait jut a little bit so see if anyone can comment on the link approach because it would be rather nice...
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