Zip Install

COM Plug-in for Eclipse

Installing an Eclipse feature via a zip file is a manual operation and does not provide any ability to get automatic updates. For this reason the recommended way to install the COM Plug-in is to use the Eclipse update manager. Take a look at these instructions for more details.

There are two ways to install the zip file. The first way is to to use the Eclipse feature links and the second way is to unzip it's contents into an existing Eclipse install.

Eclipse feature links method

To use the Eclipse feature links way follow these steps. For instructions for doing this with RAD see this link to the IBM website.

  1. If you havn't already done so, download the au.com.swz.comeclipse_1.1.3.zip file.
  2. Make sure Eclipse is not running. If it is, Save all your work and then exit Eclipse.
  3. Unzip the contents of the zip file into your preferred plug-ins directory. eg: (c:\myeclipseplugins\com\eclipse). Be sure that the eclipse subdirectory is there. The zip file will create "plugins" and "features" subdirectories.
  4. Create a new directory called links in the eclipse installation directory (ie: the directory that contains the eclipse.exe.
  5. Create a new file called au.com.swz.comeclipse.link in this new links directory. The contents of this new file should be path={directory you unziped plug-in to} (eg: path=c:/myeclipseplugins/com/eclipse)
  6. Start Eclipse and the Plug-in should now be available. If you have any problems take a look at the troubleshooting guide below.
Extract zip contents method

To place the COM Plug-in into an existing Eclipse install follow these steps

  1. If you havn't already done so, download the au.com.comeclipse_1.1.2.zip file.
  2. Make sure Eclipse is not running. If it is Save all your work and then exit Eclipse.
  3. Make sure you delete any existing COM Plug-ins from the "plugins" and "features" subdirectories of the Eclipse installation you intend to use.
  4. Extract the contents of the zip file in to the root directory of your Eclipse installation (eg: C:\eclipse). The zip file contains relative "plugins" and "features" directories.
  5. Start Eclipse and the Plug-in should now be available. If you have any problems take a look at the troubleshooting guide below.
Troubleshooting

If for some reason the COM Plug-in does not work try the following steps;

  1. Try using the "-clean" command line option. Take a look at the Eclipse Release Notes for details.
    1. If Eclipse is running save your work and exit.
    2. Modify your shortcut to include the "-clean" (eg:C:\Eclipse\eclipse.exe -clean ).
    3. Restart Eclipse
    4. You may also need to enable to COM Plug-in (See details below) afer having performed this step.
    5. Once Eclipse has started you can remove the "-clean" option from your shortcut. If you do not you may notice a lag each time you start Eclipse.
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  3. Try deleting the contents of the configuration directory with the exception of config.ini. This directory is where Eclipse caches details of which Plug-ins are installed.
    1. Backup the contents of the configuration directory.
    2. Delete the contents with the exception of the config.ini file.
    3. Restart Eclipse with the "-clean" option (See previous step).
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  5. Check if the COM Plug-in is disabled
    1. Select "Help » Software Updates » Manage Configuration" menu option.
    2. This opens the "Product Configuration" window.
    3. In this window click the "Show Disabled Features" toolbar button. It needs be pressed in to show disabled features.
    4. Then expand the install locations tree and locate the COM Plug-in for Eclipse branch. If the branch is marked as disabled, right click on it and select "Enable".
    5. Restart the worbench when prompted