Customizing Easyeclipse’s runtime environment

The error dialog raised by EasyEclipseThis all started as an effort to solve a problem in getting EasyEclipse to run on my new laptop. The error initially surfaced as a dialog full of JVM output when trying to run Eclipse.

After some digging (i.e. running Eclipse from a terminal) the error was pinpointed to a problem in the JRE install that comes with EasyEclipse. The error was:

Error: no `server’ JVM at `/usr/java/easyeclipse-lamp-’.

Several searches on Google provided some others with the same problem, but no solutions. Since I’d wanted to run Eclipse under a newer VM anyway, I thought I’d try hacking and see if I could get Java 6 to work.

The solution was deceptively simple:

  1. Change into the EasyEclipse directory.
  2. Rename the jre directory ( jre jre.old).
  3. Link the JDK supplied JRE as the jre directory (e.g. ln -s /usr/java/latest/jre jre).

There is some output that comes to the terminal once Eclipse is started, but it doesn’t seem to affect performance at all. For all I know, it might even be normal output…

Installing Fedora Core 6 on a HP nw9440

I had to upgrade my trusty old HP nw8000 since the hardware started to fall to pieces around me (keyboard tuned, lost the soundcard etc.). I liked the HP nw series enough to go for the newest model (it helps that HP is one of the providers we use at work ;) but not quite top of the line model. I also stuck to Fedora Core since that’s the distro I’m most familiar with and my computer is a tool and I’ve done my fair share of tinkering with Linux.

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WordPress and custom URLs

While customizing WP to suit the needs of our public site at work, I noticed some interesting issues with how WP (at least version 2.0.x) handles customized paths. If I start the permalink URL with /current/%category%/… and set the category URL as /current, the category archives will open, but the permalinks don’t work.

This strikes me as odd behavior, if not a bug. And no, I haven’t searched to see if someone else has reported this issue or entered it as a bug. I don’t have the time now.

P.S. randomfire’s been neglected for a long time. Hopefully soon I’ll have the time to work on a new layout and such.