Soma's Blog

February 11, 2010

Fixing Eclipse for Ubuntu 9.10

Filed under: Java,Ubuntu — somanov @ 16:38

I recently discovered that Eclipse is broken beyond hope in Ubuntu 9.10. Many Buttons dont work and some other things also seem flaky at best. Apparently this has something to do with the GTK+ version used in Ubuntu 9.10. The bug is fixed in Eclipse 3.6 but previous Eclipse versions are pretty much unusable.

Fortunately I found this excellent blog post which explains the problem in detail and also gives a very simple fix for older Eclipse versions :

The solution is to create a bash script which sets an environment variable before starting eclipse:


now everything works just fine and I can go back to coding java. Many thanks to the Blogosphere 🙂


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