Following Eclipse Milestones
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with the galileo release coming up, you might find yourself having a hard time updating to the latest milestones and keeping your favorite plug-ins up-to-date.
did you know that you can migrate your additional plug-ins from one eclipse install to another one? this can be a huge time-saver, especially for people who like to live on the bleeding edge.
- install a fresh copy of eclipse. let's assume you install eclipse 3.5 rc4 cocoa 64bit (you're feeling lucky)
- let's further assume you've got an existing install of eclipse 3.5 rc3 cocoa 32bit with some additional plug-ins, like findbugs , windowbuilder pro , etc.
- after installing, start your newly installed instance of eclipse
- select help -> install new software...
dialog, click the
button to add a new update site:
in the next dialog, click on
to add a local update site:
- using the file chooser, browse to <path_to_your_old_eclipse_instance>/eclipse/p2/org.eclipse.equinox.p2.engine/profileregistry/sdkprofile.profile/ and click choose to select that directory.
to add the update site:
dialog will now list all plug-ins
installed in the old location (i.e. your old eclipse instance), clearly
highlighting the ones that are not already installed in the new
- check all features that you want to transport to the new location and continue the installation by clicking next> .
- after confirming the license terms and clicking finish , eclipse will install the selected features from the old location into the new location. after the obligatory workbench restart you're good to go.
the only thing that i am wondering about is: why is there no first-class ui action (e.g. an import wizard) to do this?
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