How to set the update description of RCP product updates

Posted on 2011-11-08 by Hendrik Eeckhaut
Tagged as: eclipseplaneteclipse

Thanks to Ian Bull on Eclipse Con Europe  last week, I finally found out how to set the update description for an RCP product update. This was a tiny annoyance that has been itching since the first release of Sigasi. For the Eclipse plugin version of Sigasi, this never was a problem. The feature description is shown in the update dialog. But for the standalone version (RCP), there was always an empty description…

So on my way home, I delved into it again and finally solved this issue.

Product description in update dialog

Ian told the original plan was to add a field to the Product Configuration Editor, but nobody ever came around to implement it. But the good news is that you can easily set the description via a p2 advice file . This file (p2.inf) can be added next to the product definition and is used to tweak p2 operations. Note that if you build with Maven Tycho , this p2.inf needs to be prefixed with the product configuration file name. In our case the product configuration file is sigasi.product, so the p2 advice file must be named sigasi.p2.inf (more details ).

To set the product update description add following lines to your p2 advise file: = org.eclipse.equinox.p2.description
properties.0.value = Sigasi Standalone version update\nVisit for more information.

That looks a lot better.

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