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package org.osgi.service.component;
When a component is declared with the factory attribute on its component element, the Service Component Runtime will register a Component Factory service to allow new component configurations to be created and activated rather than automatically creating and activating component configuration as necessary.

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public interface ComponentFactory {
Create and activate a new component configuration. Additional properties may be provided for the component configuration.

properties Additional properties for the component configuration or null if there are no additional properties.
A ComponentInstance object encapsulating the component instance of the component configuration. The component configuration has been activated and, if the component specifies a service element, the component instance has been registered as a service.
ComponentException If the Service Component Runtime is unable to activate the component configuration.
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