An extension point to define and register target definitions. PDE gives the user the ability to choose and switch between targets. PDE also provides the ability to edit and extend the target. The main content of a target resides in a .target file. Among other things, the target definition file contains a description of plug-in/feature contents, the target environment, execution environment and launching arguments.
Target definition files should be edited using the target definition editor provided by PDE. The file format is not API and subject to change between releases.
<!ELEMENT extension (
point CDATA #REQUIRED
id CDATA #IMPLIED
name CDATA #IMPLIED
<!ELEMENT target (
id CDATA #REQUIRED
name CDATA #REQUIRED
definition CDATA #REQUIRED
id - a unique identifier for the target
name - a human readable name of the target
definition - the relative path of the target definition file in the contributing plug-in.
<!ELEMENT description (#PCDATA)>
a human-readable description of this target
The following is an example of the
<extension point =
In the example above, the name and id of the target are declared in the plugin.xml, but its content is stored in a
located in the contributing plug-in.
The .target file must be created via File > New > Other... > Plug-in Development > Target Definition
and should be edited using the PDE target definition editor. The file format is not API and subject to change between releases.
plug-in provides two extensions.
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