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Error launching external scanner info generator (g++ ...) [message #234172] Fri, 22 May 2009 09:55 Go to next message
narke is currently offline narkeFriend
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Registered: July 2009
Junior Member

In my simple HelloWorld application (created from the template), i always
get the following warning:

Error launching external scanner info generator (g++ -E -P -v -dD
E:/eclipse-cpp-galileo-m7/workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.e clipse.cdt.make.core/specs.cpp) HelloWorldAuto Unknown C/C++

I can not understand what's wrong with it. Please help. Thanks!

Re: Error launching external scanner info generator (g++ ...) [message #633391 is a reply to message #234172] Sun, 17 October 2010 11:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ruud  is currently offline Ruud Friend
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Registered: October 2010
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A colleague helped me three years ago to install Eclipse and I worked with it for some time on my previous laptop. Yesterday I wanted to install Eclipse CDT on my current laptop (Dell, Windows XP). I have spent several hours and, I still get error messages about "Error launching external scanner info generator ... etc." I separately installed MinGW, I changed my environment variables to contain the path to C:\MinGW\bin. Still no luck.

I went online several times in the process, and found that people have been posting this same problem over and over again. I find all kinds of hints and things to do, but so far, not The Answer, and also not the one thing that would make life easy: one file that can be downloaded, unzipped, installed and then creates the "Hello World" application without any additional effort.

Dear Eclipse community, I think you are working on some great tools. But If it takes so much time to start up, you will loose potential users before they ever get started with coding up something. And if you want to appeal to new users, it should really be easier to get started.

A frustrated but still hopeful rookie user.
Re: Error launching external scanner info generator (g++ ...) [message #633471 is a reply to message #633391] Mon, 18 October 2010 07:09 Go to previous message
Axel Mueller is currently offline Axel MuellerFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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There you will get Eclipse CDT + MinGW

Due to license reasons it is not possible to ship Eclipse with MinGW and host the download on

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