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Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] Preferences (topic was touched in "Eclipse smells kind of dead" thread)

I just wanted to say "making import/export" easier I think is the better way to address complaints about "initial preferences" .... there is no way that "initial preferences" will ever satisfy everyone and as for myself, it is always the first action I take with a new installation or workspace (to import my own favorite preferences, carefully exported in date/time stamped files :). And, yes, sometimes its a bit cumbersome ... but ... I'm not sure how it could be easier ... though perhaps adding an obvious action on "welcome screen" to "import preferences from previous installation or workspace" would make some sense ... if someone was willing to do the work :)

If initial preference of line numbers displayed or not is the most hated thing about Eclipse ... I'd say we're doing great! :) ... but I know that's not the only thing, and sure, we can always do better ... if someone is willing to do the work. :)

From:        Henrik <hrr@xxxxxxxxx>
To:        Cross project issues <cross-project-issues-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>,
Date:        07/15/2013 12:47 PM
Subject:        [cross-project-issues-dev] Preferences (topic was touched in "Eclipse smells kind of dead" thread)
Sent by:        cross-project-issues-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx

Hi all,

I know that preferences can be imported/exported.
Yet I find it a bit cumbersome to care about that every time I create a new workspace.

Wouldn't it make sense to have preferences arranged in several layers similar to git: system/user/workspace?

Also I could imagine to offer a web page with collections of preference settings.
They could be ordered in categories (maybe aligned to the packaged Eclipse installations).
And we could offer a possibility for users to cast their vote to be able to rank the settings.

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