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How to debug a plug-in project? [message #1001177] Wed, 16 January 2013 02:48 Go to next message
Tamas Csabina is currently offline Tamas Csabina
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Registered: November 2012
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Hello,

How can I debug a plug-in project that I am developing?
I can instantiate a new Eclipse workspace by right click on the plug-in project and select Debug As->Eclipse Application. But this is not giving me enough `debug` features.

For example I want to debug (line-by-line) when I press a button in this newly instantiated Eclipse workspace.

The plug-in I am developing is a toolChain plugin, like the MinGW toolChain. I have some problems and I want to troubleshoot. For this I want to execute/debug a button press, for example. How can I do this?
Re: How to debug a plug-in project? [message #1001356 is a reply to message #1001177] Wed, 16 January 2013 09:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
David Wegener is currently offline David Wegener
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Set a breakpoint in the code that handles the button press and step through it. All of the Java debugging features are available to you when debugging an plugin application. After all, a plugin application is simply a Java application.
Re: How to debug a plug-in project? [message #1001756 is a reply to message #1001356] Thu, 17 January 2013 05:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tamas Csabina is currently offline Tamas Csabina
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Registered: November 2012
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Sorry for the dumb question, but how can I find out which source contains the code that is executed?
I am testing a toolchain plugin, so I would like to see what is happening when I press `Build All` button to build a sample project with my toolchain.

Shall I search in the eclipse source on `Build All` or `Build Project`?
Is the eclipse functions/features are grouped in packages, so I should search for the project-build-package?
Or shall I search for the Project menu, and its sub menus?

Sorry, but I have know idea how to start this.


Re: How to debug a plug-in project? [message #1001921 is a reply to message #1001756] Thu, 17 January 2013 10:01 Go to previous message
David Wegener is currently offline David Wegener
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Registered: July 2009
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You probably need to study a little of plugin programming for Eclipse. That will give you the basics of how menu items get connected to actual code. You can check out some of the tutorials by Lars Vogel at http://www.vogella.com/articles/EclipsePlugIn/article.html. You can also install the Plugin Development Environment and look at the help from Eclipse.
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