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  • October 4, 2006

Hidden Features of the NetBeans Module Manager

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
So you're thinking of disabling some module in the Module Manager. Wouldn't it be useful to know beforehand what other modules depend on the module you're thinking of disabling? Well, today I accidentally discovered that you can right click inside the Module Manager. When you do that, you can choose "Properties" (you can also resort the modules, so that they're alphabetical rather than sorted on category):

When you choose "Properties", you get a LOT of information on the selected module. The last piece of information is "Used By". And there you can see the dependent modules:

But note that there's a lot of other useful info in that Properties dialog box, such as the location on disk of the JAR file providing the module. Funny, I'd never noticed this Properties dialog box before. I suspect it may be undocumented. It would be nice if "Properties" were also to be available via a button, just like "Uninstall".

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Herve Tchepannou Wednesday, October 18, 2006
    I'm leading a team of development and we are rewriting from scratch a BPM application on top of netbean.
    We want to be able to disable modules based on the client license.
    Is there anyway to access the Netbeans API for unisntalling some module - this will be done by the license manager module
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