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Unable to launch Eclipse in Ubuntu [message #1806003] Tue, 30 April 2019 10:36 Go to next message
Emil Oanta is currently offline Emil OantaFriend
Messages: 2
Registered: April 2015
Junior Member
Dear All,

I started working with Eclipse 16 years ago and I used it for Java and C++ software development in Windows OS.
I also used MinGW, NotePad++ and GNU Octave because they are cross-platform.
Four months ago I installed Ubuntu on my laptop, so I work in two operating systems using the aforementioned software applications. Each time I solved a problem I wrote a 'How to ...' text file in order to keep track of my activity and to have a 'recipe', just in case.
I was working on updating the C++ applications in order to be also used in Ubuntu, to develop cross-platform software. The large number of header files is useful to quickly develop computer assisted hybrid models (engineering, economics and others), i.e. dedicated solvers, scientific visualization applications and data interfaces.
Yesterday Eclipse (Ubuntu) suddenly reported that it cannot handle C++ files and asked me to select and outer editor for the source files. The error was persistent, therefore I decided to re-install Eclipse.
I removed everything and I installed Eclipse from the Ubuntu Developer Tools, as I did before.
The results was a disaster! The error is:

!SESSION Tue Apr 30 15:07:45 EEST 2019 -----------------------------------------
!ENTRY org.eclipse.equinox.launcher 4 0 2019-04-30 15:07:45.733
!MESSAGE Exception launching the Eclipse Platform:
java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.eclipse.core.runtime.adaptor.EclipseStarter
at java.base/
at java.base/java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
at java.base/java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
at org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.Main.invokeFramework(
at org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.Main.basicRun(
at org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.Main.main(

Several similar errors were reported, without any solution, so far:

I removed and re-install Eclipse several times using various methods but the error is the same.
I still want to use Eclipse in my projects, because I consider it is a reliable IDE. However, now I am under presser to complete a project and I don't like to search for alternatives to Eclipse.

Any idea is welcome!

Thank you,


Re: Unable to launch Eclipse in Ubuntu [message #1806035 is a reply to message #1806003] Wed, 01 May 2019 07:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ed Merks is currently offline Ed MerksFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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You should install the Eclipse version you get from because if you get it from somewhere else, e.g., Ubuntu Developer Tools, then I have no idea which version you have. Furthermore it sounds like it's an older version that don't work with Java 9 or higher which is a known issue with older versions of Eclipse.
Re: Unable to launch Eclipse in Ubuntu [message #1806329 is a reply to message #1806035] Tue, 07 May 2019 18:49 Go to previous message
Patrick Moran is currently offline Patrick MoranFriend
Messages: 143
Registered: March 2018
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When Eclipse crashes itself or when I write software that asks the computer to do something impossible and/or harmful, it is rather astounding how far the knock-on effects can go on. I think that reinstalling Eclipse from the official site is the right way to go, but before you do that I think it would be helpful to make sure that your system is free of all old Eclipse traces. and also run whatever software is available to you to check your file system and other system attributes to assure that there are no sunken logs in those waters./
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