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Configure Packages

Before you can use a controlled package, you must configure it with options such as the filename to save to/load from, the type of export and the version number.

Once a package is configured and marked as controlled, it is displayed in the Project Browser with a small colored rectangle next to the package icon, indicating it is a controlled package; for example, the RQ01: Formal Requirements package below.


Access:   Project Browser | Package Context Menu | Package Control | Configure

How to:

To configure a controlled package, follow the steps below:



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Select the package to control or configure, and the Configure context menu option

The Package Control Options dialog displays



Select the Control Package checkbox to indicate that this is a controlled package



Click on the Version Control drop-down arrow and select the version control repositories; this connects the package to a specific version control configuration



In the XMI Filename field, type or browse for the path and XMI file for importing and exporting XMI files

The field accepts Local Path Substitution strings; for example, use an XMI local path definition where:

myLocalPath="C:\Documents and Settings\John\Desktop\EA Models"


Then %myLocalPath%\CIM.xml is equivalent to

C:\Documents and Settings\John\Desktop\EA Models\CIM.xml



In the UML/XMI Type field, click on the drop-down arrow and select the type of XMI generated; options include:

  • Enterprise Architect XMI/UML 1.3
  • Rational Rose/Unisys UML 1.3 and
  • Generic XMI 1.0/UML 1.3

Currently only Enterprise Architect UML 1.3 is supported for complete import/export round tripping of packages



In the Version ID field, type the version ID number



In the Owner field, type or select the name of the package owner



If required, click on the Use DTD checkbox to use a Data Type Definition (DTD)



If required, click on the Log Import/Export checkbox to log import and export activity to a log file



If required, click on the Batch Import checkbox to mark the package as a Batch Import package



If required, click on the Batch Export checkbox to mark the package as a Batch Export package



If required, click on the Include sub-package checkbox to deselect it, to include only the immediate contents of the package in an XMI export (XMI stubs); this is available only for an XMI 1.1/UML 1.3 export

If you leave the checkbox selected, the entire sub-package hierarchy of this branch is included in the export.



Click on the OK button to set the Package Control options.



  • In the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, System Engineering and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect, if security is enabled you must have Configure Packages permission to configure controlled packages and package properties
  • For batch import, the file date of the XMI file is stored; you can bypass the batch import if there is no change; that is, the file date of the last import matches that of the current file

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