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New obr

That sounds perfect. I am sorry I did not read the previous message that 
explained all that. Wouldn't it be worthfull to mention this in the "Bundle 
Repository Changes" web page ? I guess it is part of the changes from version 
1.1.0 to 1.1.1, which are not listed on the web page.

I have now a new question concerning obr : is there a way to build a local 
copy of a given bundle repository in an "automated" way (something like a 
mirror) ?
More precisely, the practical usage : we would like to use obr for deployment 
on machines having no access to Internet. Thus, I have built a copy of the 
oscar-osgi.sf.net obr more or less by hand, onto a local machine that can be 
connected to Internet AND to the local network. I would like to automate this 

Thank you for your help,

-----Message d'origine-----
De : Richard S. Hall [mailto:heavy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Envoyé : mercredi 23 février 2005 14:53
Cc : oscar
Objet : Re: [oscar] New HTTP Shell bundle


>For those who maintain a private repository for home developped bundles 
>(like we do here at France Telecom Grenoble), and thus redefine 
>oscar.repository.url to contain several repository urls (our own repository 
>and oscars' standard repository).
>We have to update obr
>We must replace in our oscar.repository.url property
>        http://oscar-osgi.sourceforge.net/repo/repository.xml
>       http://oscar-osgi.sourceforge.net/repository.xml
>Am I right ?

Yes, you are correct. However, see below.

>Also, is there a change in the repository.xml syntax ? I guess not. 

There was a slight change, I added a <repository> tag, like this:

    <name>Oscar Bundle Repository</name>
    <date>Fri May 07 16:45:07 CEST 2004</date>

This tag identifies the repository and adds the ability for the repository to 
link to external repositories. As I mentioned before, this was a quick 
attempt to address some issues that we were having with making independent 
repositories visible in/on OBR, but also having them be independently 
managed. This is only a small step toward supporting multiple, independent 

Currently, OBR will only parse one level of external repositories, but it is 
programmed so that in the future we can recurse an arbitrary number of hops; 
thus, we might have a federation of repositories, where each repository 
references other repositories. However, this must wait until other features 
are implemented, but at least it is a start.

For now, given your situation, you can use this <extern-repositories> tag to 
create your own top-level repository file that links to OBR and any other 
repository XML file, then just set your oscar.repository.url property to 
point to this new top-level repository file. It will automatically merge all 
of the referenced URLs. Then you only need to edit the XML file to add 
bundles/repositories to your local OBR instances.

Does that make sense?

-> richard

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