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CDT Makefile Build kills background processes [message #1770842] Thu, 17 August 2017 14:14 Go to next message
Gunter Königsmann is currently offline Gunter KönigsmannFriend
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Registered: August 2017
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Dear all,

I have automated a recurring task using make:

  • In the Eclipse project the user double-clicks on the make target named "foo"
  • make sets up and starts the program "foo" which immediately returns, but creates a process that opens the window the user wants to work in
  • on some computer eclipse automatically kill the process that shows the window as soon as "foo" returns. On others the window stays open and the user can work with the window

I assume one of the preference dialogue items is the answer and I assume the answer to be obvious as soon as it has been found. What I can tell is:

  • From cmd.exe a "make foo" returns to the prompt and opens the window fine
  • The whole thing happens on a windows system
  • and the Problem occurs using Eclipse Oxygen.

Can it be that Eclipse opens a windows console and closes it again once it believes that the build process has finished thus killing all processes that have been created during the build?

And how can I avoid the problem?

Thanks in advance,

Re: CDT Makefile Build kills background processes [message #1770888 is a reply to message #1770842] Fri, 18 August 2017 12:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jonah Graham is currently offline Jonah GrahamFriend
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Registered: June 2014
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Hi Gunter,

It is not Eclipse that is terminating your background process, but rather make itself quitting. I can't remember the full set of rules of exactly when a sub process is terminated. What you need to do is start the subprocess and have it disconnect from the parent process, including the parent processes stdin/stdout.

I don't have a full answer, but have a look at this Q&A to see if it directs you down the right avenue:

Re: CDT Makefile Build kills background processes [message #1795810 is a reply to message #1770888] Sat, 29 September 2018 10:42 Go to previous message
Andre Zeps is currently offline Andre ZepsFriend
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Registered: September 2018
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Hello Eclipse community,

I'm new to this forum and use Eclipse for private and business software development.
Recently I've stumbled upon the same issue Gunter had but on Linux.

I hope it's ok to revive this thread as my problem is exactly the same and there doesn't seems to be a similar related thread.

It's my goal to execute a bash script to stay in background without eclipse wanting to close it.

I've tried setsid, nohup, and &.
It's seems to be impossible to pull this off, without eclipse still wanting to exit the background process.


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