Rules for using update sites in Eclipse?

Do you know any documentation about the rules of using update sites? I have managed the last 2 and a half years the update site of our company, and these are the problems I have to address:

  • Not all projects use the same eclipse version. We had projects that used eclipse 2.1 (WSAD), eclipse 3.0 (RAD 6), eclipse 3.2 (RAD 7), eclipse 3.3 and eclipse 3.4.
  • The update site of our company mostly packages things together. So I have written litte plugins (sometimes fragements) to package e.g. the configuration of Checkstyle for our company together with the current version of Checkstyle.
  • We release two times a year new versions of what has changed. So if I have 1 update site or 4, this will change dramatically the load I have to take.

So the question is: How many update sites should we use, and if the number is more than 1, how can I minimize the work to do to maintain the update sites?


I suggest to put everything on one web server and deploy the packages for each version of Eclipse to a different URL:

http://your.server/eclipse-3.3/site.xml http://your.server/eclipse-3.4/site.xml etc.

This will make it easy to deploy, to keep things apart and it will make it simple for users to see "ah, this is the one for me".

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