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How to create an Eclipse Plugin Extension Location

Posted by Luis Majano
10 May 2006 12:00 AM

For any eclipse newbie, you will find out that all the plugins you download or update will be placed by you or the update manager in the eclipse install folder under the plugins directory. However, when updating comes around or removing or any kind of update, it is a hassle to manage it.  That is why you can create multiple plugin extension directories in order to facillitate plugin management.  I have attached a simple zip file with the correct format of an extension directory.

It basically contains the following structure:

+MyPlugins (Dir)
|--+eclipse (Dir)
    |--features (Dir)
    |--plugins (Dir)

The .eclipseextension is a text file that contains the following:

name=Eclipse Platform

You now have a succesfull extension directory.  You now can go to eclipse to add it.

1) Open Eclipse

2) Click on Help ==> Manage Configuration

3) Click on Add An Extension Location:

4)  Choose your directory


5) Restart your workbench

6) You are set and dandy!! Ready to roll!!


Hope this works for you. I have also a testing eclipse extension folder, so I can drop and test new plugins without affecting my workbench.

NetClipse, the New Eclipse based on Netbeans

Posted by Luis Majano
06 Apr 2006 12:00 AM

I just found this interesting note, that the new version of Eclipse will be based on the Netbeans Platform.

This is great news, since it will move Eclipse to the SWING standard and plus: Netbeans Platforms kicks butt!!

Here is a short snippet of the article, but you can read it at the following address

Eclipse Article on Netbeans

Code named "NetClipse", the next version of Eclipse is tentatively scheduled for summer 2007. "NetClipse will be based on the NetBeans Platform," according to new director Tim Cramer, who will continue to serve as the director of Java Tools at Sun. The Eclipse Foundation management will be restructured to resemble the Java Community Process (JCP) with Sun holding a permanent position on the board.

Eclipse RDS Support!!!

Posted by Luis Majano
21 Mar 2006 12:00 AM
I know everybody is posting about this, but I need to do it too. Adobe labs just posted the Eclipse RDS support and this is absolutely great. The migration to eclipse is finally over.

Here is the link to it:

Here is their description:

Remote Development Services (RDS) lets you access files and data sources registered in the ColdFusion Administrator on a ColdFusion server. You must enable RDS during the installation process. With Eclipse RDS Support, you can use CFEclipse as your IDE and access ColdFusion files remotely.

Eclipse RDS Support is supported on all ColdFusion server platforms.

I will be installing it soon, so I will let you know how it goes.


The link to RDS is confusing. You need to go here


You need to go to the Flex Builder 2.0 Beta 2 downloads and download the


Download ColdFusion Extensions to Flex Builder 2.0 (ZIP, 1.8 MB)

You then extract it and move it to your eclipse plugins directory.

How to mount a remote ssh filesystem on ubuntu

Posted by Luis Majano
22 Nov 2005 12:00 AM
I have been fooling around with CFEclipse for a while, and one of the things it still lacks is full FTP support. For some reason my VSFTP at home on my Ubuntu box was throwing a out of index error on Eclipse. So I decided to mount my filesystem via ssh, for more security, on my Ubuntu distro on a laptop.

The following is a guide of how to mount an SSH filesystem using sshfs on Ubuntu (Breezy 5.10).

Please note that SSH is a more secure protocol than ftp or Samba.

The first thing you need to do is install sshfs via the apt-get utility. Below is a description of sshfs:

sshfs is a filesystem client based on the SSH File Transfer Protocol.

Since most SSH servers already support this protocol it is very easy to

set up: i.e. on the server side there?s nothing to do. On the client

side mounting the filesystem is as easy as logging into the server with


Install sshfs by doing a:

$sudo apt-get install sshfs

This will install fuse-utils and libfuse2 which are required. After the install is successfull then you will need to change the permissions on the following file in order to run an sshfs command.

$sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/fusermount

This will allow your user to run the fusermount command, which is used by sshfs to mount ssh filesystems.

After this you are ready to use the command. However, you will need to create the mount point of where you want the ssh directory to be mounted. Let's say that you want to connect to the following directory in your server via ssh: "/MyDocuments" and you want to mount this directory in the following local directory: "/home/luis/Mounts/MyDocuments"

If this is the case then I would run the following command to mount the ssh filesystem:

$sshfs [email protected]:/MyDocuments /home/luis/Mounts/MyDocuments/

After you run this command you will be prompted for your account password. Once you successfully enter your password, your filesystem will be mounted.

Please remember that if you want to mount an ssh filesystem, you need to have an active SSH account on the system you are trying to connect to.

Now if you need to unmount the filesystem, then run the following command:

$sudo umount /home/luis/Mounts/MyDocuments/

And you will unmount the ssh filesystem.

You can find much more information about ssh and ubuntu in the following location:

And there you go.

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