Martin Bálint

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Dec 26 2011

Eclipse headless on Centos 6

When I was looking for tools, which would help me with editing of RPM spec files, I decided to use Eclipse + Linux tools plugin. I found, it is unusable on my Windows desktop for 2 reasons:

  • there is no rpmlint on Windows, making Linux tools load one cpu core to 100%
  • i needed to transfer every change to linux machine and run rpm build

So I decided to create a dedicated virtual machine for rpm builds, on OpenVZ, running Eclipse and all needed plugins (git and Linux tools).

To install Eclipse dependencies do:

yum install xorg-x11-xauth gtk2 libXtst dejavu-sans-fonts dejavu-sans-mono-fonts dejavu-serif-fonts

Then you need Java (download JDK6 from and Eclipse (download from

Unpack Eclipse in /opt

Make sure you have this in /etc/ssh/sshd_config

X11Forwarding yes

I am using MobaXterm as Windows X server and putty to start Eclipse.

Start Putty, set Connection > SSH > X11 > Enable X11 forwarding, login to linux machine, type /opt/eclipse/eclipse and you should see Eclipse running.

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