Eclipse crashes with Lucid

Update: it seems like a lot of people find this useful. With the final release of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, xulrunner-1.9.2 is in the main repository. Because of this, just uninstall xulrunner-1.9.1 and you’re done.

I like living on the edge: I use Ubuntu Lucid and Eclipse 3.6M5 on my x86-64 notebook. Since the 25th of February, Eclipse started crashing when closing the content assist popup window. I narrowed it down to the upgrade to libcairo2-1.8.10-2ubuntu1. This causes a RenderBadPicture X Error when the documentation popup that appears on the right of the possible completions is closed. Downgrading to libcairo2-1.8.8 solved the problem, but it seems that the real problem lies within xulrunner 1.9.1 which SWT uses to render the docs. The Mozilla bug is https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=522635. A quick workaround is to set the GRE_HOME environment variable to some meaningless path (e.g. /tmp) before launching Eclipse. Another possible solution is to install xulrunner-1.9.2 (only available from the mozilla-daily-ppa). I have filed a bug report un Launchpad asking for an official upgrade to xulrunner 1.9.2.

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13 thoughts on “Eclipse crashes with Lucid”

  1. I had the same problem and fixed it by setting the GRE_HOME environment variable to /tmp as you suggested. Thank you very much.

  2. Thanks for the hint, until the xulrunner lands GRE_HOME is a lifesaver

  3. Just found out that you can also workaround the problem by:

    sudo apt-get remove xulrunner-1.9
    sudo apt-get remove xulrunner-1.9.1

    lucid comes with 1.9.2, but doesnt remove older versions….

  4. setting GRE_HOME didn’t solve the problem for me but removing xulrunner-1.9.1 did. Thanks Chris & Tristan.

  5. Way to go! I updated something between yesterday evening and today… guess it included xulrunner 1.9.2.8 but the thing never uninstalled 1.9.1 and my poor Eclipse Helios was dying… it raised “JVM close error=1” with events like autocomplete or copy-paste… tried going back from Helios to Galileo with no joy. Until I found this article and a couple of bug reports related.

    Uninstalling xulrunner 1.9.1 did the trick, thanks a lot for your post!!

    Info: Ubuntu 10.04 x64 / Eclipse Helios, xulrunner 1.9.1 and 1.9.2 installed (!!).

  6. setting GRE_HOME=/tmp did the trick.
    Thanks Tristan, you saved my life.
    I am adding your blog to my reading list.
    once again THANKS.

  7. Thanks a lot! Uninstalling xulrunner-1.9.1 worked like a charm. This was starting to get really really frustrating.

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