Update on eclipse 3.7
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I have managed to successfully compile eclipse 3.7 using part of the
debian packaging I just pushed to the git repository. There are at
least six issues atm.
First off, my build did not use any of the patches in d/patches.
Hopefully it means most of them are redundant, but more likely it means
something will break.
Note: Some of these patches may require
eclipse-build-generatedScripts.tar.bz2 to be updated. If the build
fails horribly after applying a refreshed patch due to "missing classes"
or "cannot find package", you probably hit one of those cases.
Secondly, upstream commented out a couple of architecture support
patches in the upstream build.xml. As I recall the argument was they
did not apply cleanly, so they need to be refreshed as well.
Third, the "eclipse-build-generatedScripts.tar.bz2" in the upstream
git does not work for us. I have deviced a functional version for
Debian at .
Four, there are some zip/pre-compiled crap in the upstream sources we
need to get removed. Most of it will probably be fixed with refreshing
the Debian patches and just removing the left overs, but we need to
double check this.
Five, we need some upstream tarballs (my builds were done with -b).
But we generally need to deal with item four first.
Six, the upstream branch (merged into master as well) is some older
version of eclipse (I think 3.6.2, but I could be wrong). This is
trivially fixable once we got some clean tarballs from item five.
If you would like to help with any of those, feel free to claim a task
and work on it. Alternatively, there are some upstream bugs that we
could really benefit from, if they were fixed (see  for more info).
Caveat: If you work on any of these tasks, you must be ready to send a
patch upstream. Upstream only accepts patches from the original author
and only via their BTS. It is a part of their "IP Cleanness" strategy
and they do not make exceptions!
Getting some working sources:
$ # Fetch eclipse-3.7.0-src.tar.bz2 from
$ git clone git://anonscm.debian.org/pkg-java/eclipse.git
$ tar xjf eclipse-3.7.0-src.tar.bz2
$ git clone \
$ cd e-b/eclipse-build
$ ln -s ../eclipse-build-config .
$ ln -s ../eclipse-build-feature .
$ mv ../../eclipse-3.7.0-src eclipse
$ cp -r ../../eclipse/debian/ .
$ # install B-D from d/control and dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc -b
# should work up to dh_install that will fail due to a missing
# manpage carried on one of our patches.
Help is much appreciated and questions are welcome, happy hacking.
 Upstream bugs that needs fixing (eclipse 3.7):
- Better support for shared read-only installs (#587657)
- This bug is really a pain; cost two t-p-u for Squeeze
- Default update site list blank in shared install
- patches welcome (see comment #25)