Third party libraries and classloading

Because OSGi makes use of multiple classloaders, the transparent usage of extensible / configurable third party libraries in eclipse requires the usage of an eclipse specific mechanism called "buddy loading". This mechanism allows a bundle to indicate that it needs assistance to load classes or resources when it can not find them among its prerequisites. Note that we call "extensible libraries", libraries that needs to see classes or resources provided by user code (for example log4j logger mechanism, hibernate,...).

To indicate its need for buddy loading, a bundle must modify its manifest and add the following header:

    Eclipse-BuddyPolicy: <value>

<value> refers to the policy used to look for the classes. Here are the supported policies: