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Plugin changes require a -clean flag to be recognized [message #1441314] Thu, 09 October 2014 14:53 Go to next message
Aniruddha Shevade is currently offline Aniruddha ShevadeFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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Hello
I am a bit confused about the use of the -clean flag while running eclipse.
a) When do you have to use this flag.
b) I did make changes to some plugins, and they do not seem to take effect till the -clean flag is used.
Is there a way the latest changes are picked up without the -clean flag?
Any help or pointers are appreciated.

Regards
Ani
Re: Plugin changes require a -clean flag to be recognized [message #1441330 is a reply to message #1441314] Thu, 09 October 2014 15:23 Go to previous message
Eclipse UserFriend
Hi,

You should almost never use it because you would loose all of your
configuration history.

If you have a plugin that is still in development then you should put
the plugin in the proper dropins folder. These folders are scanned on
EVERY start up of Eclipse to get the latest configuration info of those
plugins. It slows down start up but it allows for changes to be noted.

Once a plugin is out of development then it should be versioned and that
version should not ever be changed. You would need a new version of the
plugin and it needs to be in an installation package so that it can be
installed correctly, replacing the previous version.

Installation package creation is not a small topic, you would need to
look online in the Eclipse documentation/wiki on how to do that.

Rich

On 10/9/2014 10:53 AM, Aniruddha Shevade wrote:
> Hello
> I am a bit confused about the use of the -clean flag while running
> eclipse.
> a) When do you have to use this flag.
> b) I did make changes to some plugins, and they do not seem to take
> effect till the -clean flag is used. Is there a way the latest changes
> are picked up without the -clean flag?
> Any help or pointers are appreciated.
>
> Regards
> Ani
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