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Jeff Hill
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We are working in an environment where a shared installation of RAD is used by multiple developers connected to Citrix desktop environments using thin clients. RAD is launched via a desktop shortcut that invokes RAD as a Citrix Xenapp. We do not have access to the RAD installaton folders, or to the actual command line the shortcut executes. Parameters passed via a /param argument appended to the shortcut appear to be swallowed by javaw.exe (i.e., they are not passed to eclipse.exe).

My immediate problem is the need to clean the workspace (not just the projects) immediately after importing project folders checked out from Starteam, at which point the .history folder will be approximately 450MB. Since I cannot pass the "-clean" command line argument or place it as the first line in eclipse.ini, can I clean the workspace manually? This would entail deleting the following files:

  • All the CommonBaseEvents*.xml files from the .metadata folder
  • All the subfolders inside the .metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.resources/.history folder

  • And no - trying to set osgi.clean=true didn't work either.

    Has anyone else encountered this situation? Is is safe to manually clean a workspace as I've described here?
    It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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