Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The most significant feature of Kepler Eclipse on Fedora

Yeah, I know I'm kind of repeating myself, but look what happens after you update Eclipse in Fedora 19:

Eclipse after update in F19

P2 discovers that you're system installation had been changed, finds what you have installed as a regular user, and then asks you to install those things again, providing you a nice wizard:

Features reinstallation wizard page
This is a big step forward since previous Fedora releases, where Eclipse package update caused a loss of user installed features, or even totally broke the installation.

Of course, not only Linux will benefit from this approach, but all setups, where users have only read-only access to a master installation administered centrally.

Edit: Things never go as smoothly as one would wish. The problem that I was having with this dialog was that when I had multiple Eclipse installed, from time to time, the dialog was trying to reinstall things from "wrong" Eclipse installation.

It turned out to be a feature, not a bug. Eclipse, when shared install is run for the very first time, tries to find previous installation on the best-can-do basis. This scenario is a bug for Fedora, because Fedora Eclipse has only one location that does not change, and therefore if there is no local configuration for that location, it means that nothing should be reinstalled. I think a solution is as easy as setting this property to the Fedora installation:


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Eclipse Mylyn - quite interesting feature

Did you know that Eclipse Mylyn integrates with a History view?

Exemplary history displayed in the History view.
Unfortunately, it works this way for Red Hat bugzilla, but not for the Eclipse one :-(.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Eclipse Marketplace Client just got updated in Fedora 19+

Short introduction for my Fedora audience:

Eclipse Marketplace is, well, a market for Eclipse plugins.  Eclipse Marketplace Client is a tool that allows for browsing and installing plugins from within your IDE. The analogy to other application stores is quite obvious. You can install the client by invoking:

sudo yum install eclipse-mpc

Main content:

Fedora 19 release date is approaching us fast. Since the Fedora release and Eclipse release are very close to each other, and there is a freeze between the RC (Beta) and the final release, I'm updating now the Eclipse stack to the Milestone 7 - the last milestone between the final release of Eclipse.

Going from one project to another I stumbled upon Eclipse Marketplace Client. It has no new release scheduled on it's website, but the log has revealed quite interesting features, so I've decided to include those updates.

Here is a screenshot of a new Marketplace Client:

Note new attributes that are now displayed - the number of installs and favourites stars. This will definitely help to assess which solutions are well tested in the field :-).

It also looks like there will be a newsletter in the marketplace client :-)

The market place is interesting also from another point of view.  I have written a small utility mojo that transforms a p2 repository/update site into a runnable form that could be put in dropins. So the part of rpm responsible for installing the client looks like:

mvn-rpmbuild org.fedora:feclipse-maven-plugin:install  \ -DtargetLocation=%{buildroot}%{install_loc}/eclipse

Which is a great progress from manually unzipping features into destination :-).

Yes, yes, I'm aware that dropins mechanism is not really the best solution, but that's the only solution that we managed to get work together with rpm.