Replicant Development Tools (RDT) package build and release
In order to use Eclipse with the Replicant SDK, it requires downloading Google's ADT plugin version 16. I believe that this version of the plugin is okay for free software development since the only licenses that you must agree to at installation time are apache licenses.
However, newer versions of google's plugin require non-free license agreements. So, future versions of Replicant SDK should not recommend using ADT.
How difficult would it be to create and maintain a free alternative Replicant Developer Tools (RDT) plugin for Eclipse?
Alternatively, since Replicant development does not require Eclipse, we could stop providing Eclipse instructions on the wiki and provide a new alternative IDE guide instead. The drawback to this would be that some Android developers who are used to Eclipse might be discouraged to try Replicant.
#1 Updated by Paul Kocialkowski over 3 years ago
I see only two possibilities:
- either someone gets involved and makes it possible for us to have an ADT build and updates the eclipse tutorial we have currently
- either we remove the eclipse tutorial, don't provide an ADT plugin and assume that people should only rely on the SDK tools to develop applications (which is doable)
I'll wait a bit, but if no one shows up, I'll have to for the second choice. I am not going to maintain that myself.
#2 Updated by Paul Kocialkowski over 3 years ago
Also I am not sure that it's a good idea to have an Eclipse usage guide on the SDK page since it shouldn't differ from the Android usage. If we start writing usage guides about what is not Replicant-specific, we will end up having to duplicate the Android usage guides, which is a considerable waste of time.
#4 Updated by Robert Sink over 3 years ago
I'll look into this, but I'm just one person. I'd be lucky to come up with a working RDT down the road a wee bit; [if what I'm reading is right I have to start with a fork of ADT 16 [two years ago]]. Please no request for a Replicant Studio or separate Gradle plugin. I am no saviour to the world; just a guy trying to help.
#5 Updated by Paul Kocialkowski over 3 years ago
- Tracker changed from Feature to Issue
It'd be good to do this with Replicant 4.2 source code. IIRC there is a (well-hidden) page on android.com that explains how to rebuild the ADT from source. Please try to find the cleanest possible process for the build.
#13 Updated by Wolfgang Wiedmeyer 2 months ago
ADT is now deprecated for quite some time. Should this issue stay open nonetheless? Is there still an interest to create a RDT package?
I removed it from the Tasks page as I don't think it should still be a primary development focus. It would also only make sense to create a RDT for Replicant 4.2.
Thanks Beuc for creating the instructions at ADTBuild! Would it be sufficient to have the build instructions from Beuc in place for anyone who wants to build the ADT from source? We could link to them on the SDK page.
The development focus should be to package current Android developer tools in GNU/Linux distributions.