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Andre Honsberg Andre Honsberg is a software engineer who develops mostly for the Web. He lives in Hamburg Germany and works building software for the web using a wide spectrum of different technologies.

EclipseIn this guide I will go over how to install Eclispe SDK 3.7 Indigo on a Fedora 15 Linux operating system. This guide should work on all RedHat like Linux distributions since none of the instruction require distribution specific settings. Eclipse is an awesome IDE used for multiple languages.

In order to run Eclipse you need to have Oracle Java JDK 6 or later installed. To download Eclipse go to Eclipse Download Page. Download the version called Eclipse Classic or choose the version that best fits your development needs. In this article the version we are dealing with is Eclipse Classic 3.7.

Once you have the file downloaded, open up a terminal and enter the following commands:

# become root
su

Now we need to extract Eclipse to the /opt directory so enter the directory you downloaded Eclipse to and enter:

# 32-bit system
tar -zxvf eclipse-SDK-3.7-linux-gtk.tar.gz -C /opt

# 64-bit system
tar -zxvf eclipse-SDK-3.7-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz -C /opt

Now we need to give the whole Eclipse directory reading permissions:

chmod -R +r /opt/eclipse

We definitely want to be able to see Eclipse in the menus in our windows manager and we want the program to be available from the command line. So we need to add a shortcut to /usr/bin and create a Gnome Launcher for the file to appear in the Applications menu under Development.

touch /usr/bin/eclipse
chmod 755 /usr/bin/eclipse

Use a command line editor to edit the file you just created:

nano /usr/bin/eclipse

Now paste the following into the file or write it out.

#!/bin/sh
export ECLIPSE_HOME="/opt/eclipse"
$ECLIPSE_HOME/eclipse $*

Create a new file in /usr/share/applications/ called eclipse.desktop

nano /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

At last, we now paste in the following few lines into eclipse.desktop to finish the process.

[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Eclipse
Comment=Eclipse SDK 3.7
Exec=eclipse
Icon=/opt/eclipse/icon.xpm
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=GNOME;Application;Development;
StartupNotify=true

Now you can start Eclipse normally from the menu or running the command

eclipse

Gnome 3 and Eclipse

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