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Fix Eclipse Config to Start with Broken Perspective

I happened to switch to Ruby Browsing Perspective in Eclipse eventually, for whatever reason it crashed Eclipse with Out of Memory exception. When I try to restart it won’t, because it tries to load all the same Perspective. The solution is to edit one of Eclipse config files. The file of interest is "workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.ui.workbench/workbench.xml" (in my case on Mac it is ~Documents/workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.ui.workbench/workbench.xml)

The default perspective is configured by the following directive:
<perspectives activePart="org.rubypeople.rdt.ui.EditorRubyFile" activePerspective="org.rubypeople.rdt.ui.RubyBrowsingPerspective">

So what I had to do is replace org.rubypeople.rdt.ui.RubyBrowsingPerspective with org.eclipse.jdt.ui.JavaPerspective

You can find for exact class names of available perspectives in the same file. Perspective declaration looks like:

<perspective editorAreaTrimState="2" editorAreaVisible="1" fixed="0" version="0.016">
<descriptor class="org.eclipse.jdt.internal.ui.JavaPerspectiveFactory" id="org.eclipse.jdt.ui.JavaPerspective" label="Java"/>

First line is opening of perspective declaration, and <descriptor> tag contains id attribute which is what you want. If you search trough workbench.xml you will find all available perspective names.

Solution for Erlide hangs Eclipse problem

If you are using Erlide to develop Erlang applications you may sooner or later find yourself in a situation than IDE just hangs completely whenever you try to access any Erlide functions. You can not even go to Erlide section of Eclipse Preferences ! This seems to be a kind of mystery, at least googling didn’t reveal any helpful information except hinting that problem could be due to backend connection issues. As far as I understand, backend is erlang compiler/toolchain used by Erlide. I can imagine it is used when compiling, or when doing syntax check, but why it hangs in editor and preferences dialog?!

I was able to find Erlide logfile (~/Document/workspace_erlide.log under MacOS) And it suggested that Erlide was running in dead loop trying to invoke external Erlang. In particualr it complained about that the following command were failing with result code 126:
/opt/local/var/macports/software/erlang/R12B-3_2/opt/local/lib/erlang//bin/erl -name f0a30ba_erlide@alexey-timanovskys-macbook-pro.local -setcookie erlide
. When I tried to execute it from command line I got errors from erlang. Then I discovered that I have two installations of erlang – R12B 3.2 and 5.0, obviously I used macports to upgrade to most recent one, but it kept previous version too. And erlide was configured to use old erlang setup which didn’t work for whatever reason. So the next step was to find where it is configured, I grepped and found it in
I replaced line



and restarted Eclipse. It worked!

So be careful, breaking anything in erlang configuration will not allow you to use Erlide, you can’t even go to preferences and change erlang home directory to correct one.

I’m using Eclipse 3.4.1 and tried Erlide versions 0.5.0 and 0.5.1.