Eclipse refuses to start (AGAIN!)

Hi guys,

this story has a happy ending, after I tracked down the reason, I am not sure why this happens, but if someone knows, I would love to hear it.

I cloned a git repo to my computer, then opened a brand new eclipse workspace for the project, it opened a tiny grey blank window, eclipse would refuse to open.

I opened another project, it opened fine, no problems or hiccups, so then of course I tried to intersect the projects to find out what the differences was.  I found the exact problem, although I am unable to find out why the problem occurs in the first place, since it was on the same machine I created the workspace which was ok and the workspace which was broken.

So perhaps eclipse in fedora has a bug, meh, I dont know, also, dont really care, cause I know how to fix it.

The problem was tracked down to a single file, it is:


by default, my eclipse was not creating this file, but if you create it and then add the options


eclipse will then start normally, as if nothing had happened, so something is going wrong with eclipse when this flag is not present and I have no idea why and nor google, cause I’ve tried hunting for specific information without any success.

So, if you ever, have this problem, create the missing file, put the missing parameter and try to see whether it starts or not.  below are some screenshots to provide some visual record of what happened.

See the blue highlighted, missing file
try to start eclipse
it fails with this little blank grey dialog
copy/create file with attribute, eclipse opens successfully

I hope this helps someone out.

7 thoughts on “Eclipse refuses to start (AGAIN!)”

  1. Hi, it’s a bit offtopic but may I ask you where did you get this blog template? I’m going to start bloggin as well, I’m a bit noob though but I really like it 😉 Let me know… Anyway, nice website! 😉

  2. Had same problem on linux with Galileo. This fix di NOT help. Had to start over with new workspace. 20 minutes of set up time. FUN.

  3. actually took 5 minutes. We have an ant build file and generate an eclipse team project set to make creating the workspace easy.

  4. I try this method but not help.
    Actually, create a new workspace and import the original project into new workspace is the fastest method.

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