-distro instruction is used in the case that your application must run in a host environment, for example Karaf. In such cases it is not possible to calculate the system capabilities from the framework and the run path. Each of these host environments has a specific set of capabilities that should be used as input to the resolver.
-distro capability has the same syntax as the
-runpath, a list of bundle specifications. The resolver will parse these bundles and treat their capabilities specified with the
Provide-Capability header in their Manifest as the system capabilities. These files can be generated manually. However, the bnd command line tool can create a distro bundle using the remote agent.
-distro is present in the
bndrun file it overrides any other definition that are used to derive capabilities. If additional capabilities are needed the
-runprovidedcapabilities should be used.