5 Best Eclipse Plugins: System and Desktop Search
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ranked as number 3 on my list of eclipse plugins is something i missed in eclipse, but what i heavily use in microsoft visual studio: the ability to search files anywhere on my computer. as outlined in compare and merge with eclipse , eclipse is very workspace focused: i can only search files which are inside my workspace. well, unless i use the system search and desktop search plugins. they are not one of the usual plugins. here is what you can get (or search) …
the system search has been implemented by nokia back in 2008. ken ryall presents the implementation in his blog post . the plugin sources are attached to this eclipse issue/feature request . what i need for codewarrior mcu10 is the plugin jar file which can be downloaded from here . i place the .jar file into my <mcu10installationpath>\eclipse\plugins folder, and restart the ide. then i have a new menu search > system available:
this gives me the ability to specify a folder name for my search:
the search result shows up in the system search view:
that plugin. i mentioned that this plugin is
not a usual one. why? because although it is really great, it did not
make it (yet?) into the official eclipse. instead, the
project has picked up the idea of
and implemented something similar. mylyn is am eclipse framework for project and defect management, and implements the
. see this
blog from tasktop by david green
which gives the deatils. the desktop search is available in the
incubator version of mylyn. to install it, point the eclipse updater to
from there, install the “mylyn desktop search (incubation)”:
this installs a new menu under the search menu:
“desktop search…” allows me to search for files containing a given text:
i wondering why i cannot specify a folder name here? because desktop search is using the windows search (the microsoft one, at least on windows host). so it is searching whatever is reached by the windows search. the results show up like this:
the combination of the system search and the desktop search gives me the flexibility to search outside my workspace. maybe time to uninstall visual studio ?
happy system and desktop searching
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