If you would rather add your plugins using the Eclipse Update Site feature, you can easily create an Update site through RDI or a matching version of Eclipse.
This site has a few good tutorials for creating an Eclipse P2 repository (Update Site) and adding your plugins to it.
You will need to use the same version of Eclipse to create the plugin update site. A P2 update site can be used by RDI 9.5 and above.
From what I've found, prior versions of Eclipse use a different repository setup.
To get an update site that works with RDI 9.1 you would just need to create the update site using RDI 9.1.
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From: WDSCI-L [mailto:wdsci-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Buck Calabro
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2016 7:44 AM
Subject: [WDSCI-L] Upgrade to 9.5.1 kept my plugin
I have an RDi install at work and one at home.
My work install has my home grown plugin .jar file in ../plugins (I know, not recommended). At home, I put it into ../dropins to test out the recommendation. (I had to create that folder).
When I upgraded the work copy from 188.8.131.52 to 9.5.1, my plugin was erased from the ../plugins folder (as is typical). But when I upgraded my home copy from 184.108.40.206 to 9.5.1, the upgrade left my plugin in ../dropins intact.
So... if you write a plugin, put it in ../dropins and it will survive an upgrade.
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