[Troubleshoot] Start page won’t open on Linux

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    Riyad Kalla

    Some users on different distributions of Linux, both 32-bit and 64-bit, have reported problems getting the MyEclipse Start Page to load on startup. After further investigation we found on *some* systems it was due to a conflict between the version of XUL Runner that we shipped in MyEclipse versus the one that was installed on the local systems.

    We found in most cases with modern Linux distributions that were fully updated, setting the MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME and LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variables to point at the system’s XUL Runner libraries (preferably version 1.9.x for MyEclipse 7.x or 8.x) the MyEclipse start page would begin working without issue.

    To get started, make sure that the newest 1.9.x version of XUL Runner is installed, on Ubuntu you can install the xulrunner-1.9 package for this.

    Once it’s installed, you can setup the two environment variables from a script used to launch MyEclipse like so:

    export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME=/usr/lib/xulrunner

    This will allow the MyEclipse IDE to find and use the XUL Runner binary that is built for your particular platform.

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