Eclipse Source Builds (Source from Zip)
Table of Contents
- What is an Eclipse source build?
- Getting the source
- Building Eclipse using Ant
- Setting the bootclasspath
- Supported build platforms
- Known limitations
What is an Eclipse Source Build?
Eclipse source builds provide developers with an automated method for compiling
the Java code, generating javadoc, and finally, creating a zip file of an Eclipse
runtime from a downloaded source tree. The end result of a source build is a
Getting the Source
This source build download contains all the Java code, non-Java resources,
and scripts that build a particular version of Eclipse. Although you can manually
edit build.xml files in each feature and plug-in, they are typically generated
by the Eclipse pde-build plug-in. As a result you will need to download a fresh
source build zip file when major changes occur to Eclipse source, such as the
addition or removal of plug-ins. The version of Eclipse a particular source
build will create is embedded in the source build zip file name. For example,
eclipse-sourceBuild-srcIncluded-3.0.zip builds Eclipse version 3.0
Building Eclipse using Ant and a JDK
Produces an Eclipse SDK using the Java compiler you have installed.
- Ant 1.6.1 or higher
- JDK 1.4
zip and unzip executables on system path. Tar for *nix distributions
- 1 GB free disk space
- Source build zip from eclipse.org
Install Ant and a JDK as per each program's instructions. Minimally you will need
the following environment variables set.
- Add the Ant bin directory to your path.
- Set the JAVA_HOME environment variable to the root of your JDK installation.
- Set the ANT_HOME environment variable to the root of your Ant installation.
- (Windows 98) Increase the default environment space as specified here.
Run the Build
- Extract the eclipse-sourceBuild-srcIncluded-*.zip to an empty directory. Extract using tar if using a *nix drop.
- cd to the directory.
- Execute build -os <osType> -ws <windowSystemType> -arch <architecture>
[-bc <bootclasspath>] [-compilelibs] [-target <target>]
||Target operating system (See
||Target windowing system (See
||Target system architecture (See
||The list of bootclasspath jars to compile against using
either a colon or semi-colon as separators. The jars that make up a
bootclasspath are part of any JDK or JRE. Typically this parameter is
only specified if you are cross compiling Eclipse or using a JDK which
does not use a "rt.jar" to contain the java libraries. The
default is the rt.jar on your path.
||Flag to force the recompilation of native libraries.
The Ant target from build.xml to execute. The default target is run
and performs a complete build and generates an install. Other valid
- compile (compiles Java code and generates javadoc)
When the Eclipse build is complete, there will be a zip file called
in the results subdirectory of your build directory.
If you are building for Linux or Mac, there will be a tar.gz file.
Extract this file to the directory where you would like to run Eclipse. If
you extract it to your root directory, a directory called eclipse will be created.
Run Eclipse with the desired
command line parameters.
Eclipse can be built on any of the following platforms. With some limitations
any platform can be used to build Eclipse for any or all supported platforms.
|Operating System (os)
||Windowing System (ws)
- Building unix flavours of Eclipse on Windows will result in incorrect file
permissions. The *.so, *.sl, and Eclipse executable files will not have execute
permissions. In addition, linux-motif and linux-gtk builds will not have soft
links to libXm.so.2.1 in the installation root directory. In these cases you
would have to write an install or post install script to set permissions properly.
(UNIX builds built on UNIX systems will set sufficient permissions and make
the appropriate soft links).
- Only Java source code is compiled. *.dll, *so, *sl and Eclipse executables
are all provided prebuilt in this build process. The linux-gtk-ppc64, linux-gtk-ia64, hpux-motif-ia64_32 and hpux-motif-ia64 configurations will require
a re-compilation of the eclipse executable and swt libaries and copying these files to the apppropriate directories.
This can be accomplished by using the -compilelibs flag when running the build. The instructions on recompiling
the eclipse executable and recompiling
the swt libraries available in the SWT
FAQ are also a useful reference. This document also includes a list of the prerequisites for
running SWT on Linux GTK
- If you wish to use a 1.5 JDK to build Eclipse, change the value for javacSource to 1.4 in the build.xml of your source build.
Using the source build to construct a new Eclipse
The Eclipse platform releng team has limited hardware, software and time to compile Eclipse on every conceivable platform. If you would like to enhance
the source build scripts to build eclipse on a platform
that is not currently included, please follow the following steps:
- Extract the source build drop
- Update the build.bat and build files to reflect the new architecture. For
- in the build file: add an another entry to the if [ "$os-$ws-$arch" = "linux-motif-x86" ]
line similar to || [ "$os-$ws-$arch" = "newOs-newWs-newArch"]
that reflects the new os-ws-arch combination
- in the build.bat file:
add an entry similar to if %os%-%ws%-%arch%==NewOs-newWs-newArch goto run that reflects the new os-ws-arch combination
- Copy an existing assemble.org.eclipse.sdk.os.ws.arch.xml script to a new one that
indicates that platform being built
- In the build.xml
- update the compilelibs property in the init target to reflect the new
- update the compilelibs target to reflect the new architecture
- Run the build using "build -compilelibs" to force the recompilation
of the native libaries
- Patches may be required to the swt native library and launcher build scripts
to compile the new port. The swt native library files
and launcher source and build files are stored in the swttmp and launchertmp
- Please open a bug with platform-releng with patches required to build this platform so they can be included in future source
builds. This allows others to use your contribution and compile the new eclipse