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Questions about using the Eclipse Help as standalone infocenter [message #623861] Sat, 16 January 2010 17:09 Go to next message
Bjoern Berg is currently offline Bjoern BergFriend
Messages: 41
Registered: November 2009
Location: Essen
I want to use the Eclipse help as standalone infocenter. I have customized it as far as possible so that only the needed plugins are loaded to show the infocenter.

Now when I try to put in my created plugins containing the help files nothing is shown in the topic list and I cannot see if Eclipse loads the bundles. A restart of the infocenter has also no effect. When I load the appropriate plugin in my workbench, everything works fine.

This is the command for starting the infocenter:
java -classpath $base_path/plugins/ .jar -debug -command start -eclipsehome $base_path -port 8080 -plugincustomization $base_path/custom.ini

And thats what is in custom.ini: html/support_header.html

helpData.xml looks like this:
<toc id="/"/>
<toc id="/"/>
<toc id="/"/>

And plugin.xml is this one:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<?eclipse version="3.4"?>

Maybe someone has encountered the same problems and can give me a hint.
Re: Questions about using the Eclipse Help as standalone infocenter [message #623862 is a reply to message #623861] Thu, 21 January 2010 22:42 Go to previous message
Jennifer Skiendzielewski is currently offline Jennifer SkiendzielewskiFriend
Messages: 35
Registered: January 2010
Location: Boulder, CO
We ran into this problem last year too. I had an intern do a lot of trial and error, and he discovered that you have to update this file so your plugins are recognized:

eclipse\configuration\org.eclipse.equinox.simpleconfigurator /

We couldn't figure out what all of the values were supposed to be, but by adapting the other lines in the file, we were able to get our plugins to display in InfoCenter mode. Apparently, this file is updated automatically in platform mode, but not in InfoCenter.

As best we can figure, the entry is:


We have no idea what the 4 and the false mean.

Here's a generic version of the line we add:,1.3,file:plugins\ uct.plugin,4,false

Hope that helps.
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