Deploying IntelliJ plugins

Hello,

In our company we deploy plugins using a push based model to user machines (i.e. instead of selecting plugins to install - pulling them)

With regard to this I have two questions

  1. Sometimes the user's IntelliJ gets into an inconsistent change because of a plugin push. Is there a way to get IntelliJ to reload plugins when they are pushed (e.g. when I install a new plugin from the Setting menu, I don't need to restart the IDE, can I replicate this behaviour?)
  2. Is there a way to have an internal plugin repository which we can use to deploy plugins (Get users to pull them instead of pushing them)?


thanks
Siddharth

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1. It's never possible to install plugins without restarting. Not for you, and not when installing via Settings | Plugins
2. See http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/webhelp/adding-plugins-to-an-enterprise-repository.html and related topics. Note that the user experience of working with enterprise plugin repositories has been completely redesigned in IntelliJ IDEA 11, although the back-end is still the same.

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