Thursday Jul 23, 2009

OpenDS: pkg(5) Ant Integration Updated

Ludovic Poitou has graciously integrated some of my recent build enhancements into the OpenDS source tree.  These changes were mainly oriented toward enabling developers to build the pkg(5)-enabled OpenDS download bundles while disconnected from the network.  Use of the custom Ant tasks for pkg(5) developed by the Update Center 2 project is a key aspect of the overall OpenDS and pkg(5) integration.  

The OpenDS build enhancements include:

  • modifications to enable building of OpenDS pkg(5)-based image when your disconnected from the network
  • updates to the package metadata to include OpenDS project links and up-to-date package descriptions
  • streamlined developer set up steps

The updated developer experience is documented in Building OpenDS in pkg(5) Format Using the Update Center 2 Toolkit on the OpenDS project site.

This integration paves the way to build and publish both pkg(5)-enabled OpenDS download bundles and the associated packages such that OpenDS developers and users can start getting their feet wet with the benefits of this combination.

Sunday Oct 26, 2008

pkg(5) Custom Ant Tasks in Action with OpenDS

The Update Center 2 project is please to announce an updated version of our experiment to package and deliver OpenDS using the pkg(5) system.  Since the end of May we've produced several iterations of this experiment, but this latest upgrade demonstrates a nice new developer feature of the toolkit:  custom Ant tasks for pkg(5). 

Using these Ant tasks, we've greatly streamlined the manner in which producing pkg(5) packages, package repositories and installation images can be performed in Ant-based build environments.  There's now a clear separation between the pkg(5) tooling and application-specific Ant build xml code.

Rajkumar Srinivasan of Sun's India Engineering Center and a member of the Update Center 2 project developed the custom Ant tasks in response to an ever growing demand for pkg(5) integration tooling.

Check out the upgraded example.

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