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Installation of Eclipse plugins

d. engl.

Joined: Nov 26, 2012
Posts: 3
Hello, I am trying to learn how to use eclipse and I have downloaded several plugins, but I have not been able to get eclipse to recognize them. I have eclipse juno and indigo. I want to try Cordova, jquery, jigloo and dojo and I have the zip files on my computer, but no luck yet. I have tried what instructions I can find on the respective websites but it hasn't helped. Can anyone help me out with some general or specific advice? Thank you! Best regards, David
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Joined: May 26, 2003
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Welcome to CodeRanch!

There are two ways to install a plugin:
1) Update manager
2) Unzip it into the plugins directory and restart Eclipse.

Once in a while you need to start Eclipse with "eclipse -clean" to refresh the plugins. Beyond that, posting what you tried and what did (or didn't) happen, might help.

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d. engl.

Joined: Nov 26, 2012
Posts: 3
Hello Jeanne,
Thank you for the reply and offer of help! It looks like I will not be out on the Internet today without a little luck so I just logged in to say thanks and that I will try to reply to you on Thursday.
Best regards, David
d. engl.

Joined: Nov 26, 2012
Posts: 3
Hello again Jeanne!

Most of what I have done is to extract zipfiles into the eclipse plugin folder or to use the "Install new software" command in the eclipse "help" menu. When I try to use the "Install new software" command, and navigate to the zip files (for Jquery, Cordova and dojo) I get a message "no software site found at jar file: C:/..../" etc. That is the case for all three plugins. I think I am doing it right beacause I succeded in installing one or two other plugins the same way. I read that I could try editing the "eclipse.ini, file by adding the following text after the -vmargs line: -Djava.util.Arrays.useLegacyMergeSort=true". This didn't work either. I also read that I could extract the zip files into the eclipse "plugins" folder but this didn't work either. I tried simply extracting the zip files into the plugins folder and also tried moving the unzipped files and folders into "plugin" folders with similar file types, but no luck.

The last time I looked for an answer, I read something about editing the "path" but I haven't found anything about how to do this for these three plugins. I am still a beginner with Java, so it is not a critical problem even if I want to try and learn about these plugins and how they work. But, thank you for any advice you can give me!

Best regards,
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