Eclipse Tips

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This page collects useful tips on using Eclipse.

Identifying Multiple Instances of Eclipse

You might have learned to identify your instance of Eclipse by looking at the perspective or "about Eclipse".

There is an easier way to identify an instance of Eclipse. It's the "-showlocation" flag. It embeds the workspace path to the title bar of Eclipse.


Title bar
Without –showlocation Java – Eclipse SDK
With –showlocation Java – Eclipse SDK – E:/Eclipse/Eclipse WTP/wksp/....

Here is how you do it

For Windows

  • Create a shortcut of Eclipse.exe
  • Go to shortcut's properties
  • Add "-showlocation"(without quote) to the end of Target field
  • Click OK
  • Use this shortcut to start eclipse

For Linux

  • Create a shell script
  • type "/path/to/eclipse/eclipse -showlocation" (without quote)
  • Save it
  • Run it to start eclipse

Someone please test this on linux, I created this based on my Linux memory.

Consistent Versions (WTP Development and Target Platforms)

If you check out your source code from HEAD and experience some odd behavior (such as the WSDL editor is missing) with an instance of the WTP target platform, make sure that you've the most updated version of the target platform. You may read "Launching the WSDL Editor" and "Bringing up the WSDL Editor in the Debugger" in the Eclipse webtools newsgroup [1].