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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Eclipse Indigo without mylyn

Eclipse's new release Indigo (3.7) comes pre installed with Mylyn. And unlike previous installations Mylyn is tightly integrated with Eclipse platform package. The "installed features" does not show it as a separate feature to uninstall. It appears as if it cannot be uninstalled at all.

Especially the Java or JEE Developer version has mylyn, git, cvs, and swt windows builder - which may not be all that useful for everyone. A custom lightweight version can be prepared very easily. Just (re)move some folders/jars from features and plugins, that are not needed.
#cd path-to-eclipse installation
 mkdir disabled disabled/features disabled/plugins

#remove mylyn
 mv plugins/*mylyn* disabled/plugins/
 mv features/*mylyn* disabled/features/

#remove cvs
 mv features/*cvs* disabled/features/
 mv plugins/*cvs* disabled/plugins/

#remove windows builder
 mv plugins/*.wb.* disabled/plugins/
 mv features/*.wb.* disabled/features/

#if svn is used, git may not be necessary; However, there is little harm keeping it
 mv features/*egit.* disabled/features/
 mv plugins/*jgit* disabled/plugins/
 mv plugins/*egit* disabled/plugins/
Disclaimer: The following commands will move the unnecessary features and plugins to a folder in the eclipse installation folder. Although this should not break the installation, if something unwanted happens or eclipse acts up with errors, restore all features and plugins from disabled folder.

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