The discussion for this issue comes from here:
In summary, if I create a feature like this:
<features name="myfeatures-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT" xmlns="http://karaf.apache.org/xmlns/features/v1.0.0">
<feature name="myfeature" description="My Great Feature" version="1.0.0-SNAPSHOT" resolver="(obr)">
which pulls bundles in from an obr repository, these bundles are not started and there is no way to automatically start them.
In the short term, it would be good to at least add the following configuration items to org.apache.karaf.features.obr.cfg:
startBundlesByDefault = true/false
defaultStartLevel = <number between 1 and 100>
which could be picked up by the obr resolver and added to each BundleInfo.
As well (this perhaps should be a separate defect), currently the obr resolved bundles are started after the feature bundles. It would be better if the order was reversed in case the feature bundles are dependent on the bundle ordering.