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Eclipse Plug-in Developer Guide
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Preference Transfer

Identifier:
org.eclipse.ui.preferenceTransfer

Since:
3.1

Description:
The workbench provides support for maintaining preferences. The purpose of this extension point is to allow plug-ins to add specific support for saving and loading of specific groups of preferences. Typically this is used for operations such as Import and Export.

Configuration Markup:

<!ELEMENT extension ( transfer* , ( settingsTransfer*))>

<!ATTLIST extension

point CDATA #REQUIRED

id    CDATA #IMPLIED

name  CDATA #IMPLIED

>

  • point - a fully qualified identifier of the target extension point
  • id - an optional identifier of the extension instance
  • name - an optional name of the extension instance

<!ELEMENT transfer ( mapping+ , description?)>

<!ATTLIST transfer

id   CDATA #REQUIRED

name CDATA #REQUIRED

icon CDATA #IMPLIED

>

A transfer is an element used for specifying a group of preferences that can be exported together.


  • id - a unique name that will be used to identify this transfer
  • name - a translatable name that will be used in UI when listing this item
  • icon - a relative name of the icon that will be used when displaying the transfer

<!ELEMENT description (#PCDATA)>

An optional subelement whose body should represent a short description of the transfer engine functionality.



<!ELEMENT mapping ( entry*)>

<!ATTLIST mapping

scope CDATA #REQUIRED

>

a subelement which represents a org.eclipse.core.runtime.preferences.IPreferenceFilter. It specifies 1 or more mappings from a scope org.eclipse.core.runtime.preferences.IScope to 0 or more nodes. 0 or more keys are specified per node. The rules for export and import behaviour for a filter can be found in the specifications in org.eclipse.core.runtime.preferences.IPreferenceFilter.


  • scope - an attribute specifying the name of the scope to map the provided nodes and keys to. Generally the scopes defined in org.eclipse.core.runtime.preferences and org.eclipse.core.resources are used. They are configuration (org.eclipse.core.runtime.preferences.ConfigurationScope.SCOPE) instance (org.eclipse.core.runtime.preferences.InstanceScope.SCOPE) default (org.eclipse.core.runtime.preferences.DefaultScope.SCOPE) default (org.eclipse.core.resources.ProjectScope.SCOPE)

<!ELEMENT entry ( key*)>

<!ATTLIST entry

node CDATA #IMPLIED

>

a subelement specifing the nodes and keys that are to be transferred for a given scope


  • node - an attribute specifing the preference node within the given scope to be transferred. This preference node will correspond to the bundle id of the plug-in that defines the preference.

<!ELEMENT key EMPTY>

<!ATTLIST key

name CDATA #REQUIRED

>

  • name - an attribute specifing a comma separated list of preference keys within the given node to be transferred, specifying the key attribute without specifying a matching node will result in a runtime error.

<!ELEMENT settingsTransfer ( description?)>

<!ATTLIST settingsTransfer

name        CDATA #REQUIRED

id          CDATA #REQUIRED

class       CDATA #REQUIRED

helpContext CDATA #IMPLIED

>

A settings transfer is the definition of a transfer of internal state from one workbench to another. Added in 3.3.


  • name - The human readable name of the transfer.
  • id - The id of the transfer.
  • class - The subclass of org.eclipse.ui.preferences.SettingsTransfer that specifies this transfer.
  • helpContext - The help context for the transfer. See IWorkbench#getHelpSystem().

Examples:

Example that export all transfers, exports all nodes for specified scopes.


   <extension
         point=
"org.eclipse.ui.preferenceTransfer"
>
       <transfer
            icon=
"XYZ.gif"

            name=
"Export All Transfer Test"

            id=
"org.eclipse.ui.tests.all"
>
            <mapping scope=
"instance"
/>
      <mapping scope=
"configuration"
/>
            <mapping scope=
"project"
/>
   <description>
             Export all tranfer, exports all nodes for specified scopes
      </description>
    </transfer>
   </extension>

Bare Bones Transfer only provides required info and no more.


   <extension
         point=
"org.eclipse.ui.preferenceTransfer"
>
       <transfer
            name=
"Bare Bones Transfer Test"

            id=
"org.eclipse.ui.tests.all"
>
            <mapping scope=
"instance"
/>
    </transfer>
   </extension>

Example that exports many combinations of keys and nodes


   <extension
         point=
"org.eclipse.ui.preferenceTransfer"
>
       <transfer
            icon=
"XYZ.gif"

            name=
"Export many preferences"

            id=
"org.eclipse.ui.tests.all"
>
            <mapping scope=
"instance"
>
                <entry node=
"org.eclipse.ui"
>
                   <key name=
"showIntro,DOCK_PERSPECTIVE_BAR"
/>
                </entry>
                <entry node=
"org.eclipse.ui.workbench"
>
                   <key name=
"bogus,RUN_IN_BACKGROUND"
/>
                </entry>   
                <entry node=
"org.eclipse.ui.ide"
/>
                <entry node=
"org.eclipse.core.resources"
/>
            </mapping>
      <mapping scope=
"configuration"
/>
      <description>
              Export many combinations of keys and nodes
        </description>
    </transfer>
   </extension>


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