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Plug-in Manifest Builder or in short, manifest builder is contributed by
PDE through org.eclipse.pde.core plug-in. This is the builder that
would compile your plug-in each you change plug-in dependencies, modify
build.properties, change classpath, add or remove libraries, save your
code/classes. It compiles the plug-in and validate that required files
(plugin.xml, etc) are in place and in correct shape.
You may have a look at org.eclipse.pde.internal.core.builders.ManifestConsistencyChecker for the exact details.
It is one of the two builder that any plug-in/fragment or equinox bundle
project will have by default. It is a bit paranoid builder. If it can
not understand any change (resource delta) it will go for full build of
The Plug-in Manifest Compiler preference page has a bunch of options that control the problem severity generated by the builder.
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