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Wendy Gibbons
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I can't face rebuilding this workspace AGAIN, as I have quite a lot of work in it, is it safe to delete the .metadata? or will that effectivly be rebuilding the workspace.
 
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from the debug (in case it actually tells anyone anything...)

Install location:
file:/c:/eclipsex2/x2eclipse/
Configuration file:
file:/c:/eclipsex2/x2eclipse/configuration/config.ini loaded
Configuration location:
file:/c:/eclipsex2/x2eclipse/configuration/
Framework located:
file:/c:/eclipsex2/x2eclipse/plugins/org.eclipse.osgi_3.7.2.v20120110-1415.j
ar
Loading extension: reference:file:javax.transaction_1.1.1.v201105210645.jar
eclipse.properties not found
Framework classpath:
file:/c:/eclipsex2/x2eclipse/plugins/org.eclipse.osgi_3.7.2.v20120110-1415.j
ar
file:/c:/eclipsex2/x2eclipse/plugins/
file:/c:/eclipsex2/x2eclipse/plugins/javax.transaction_1.1.1.v201105210645.j
ar
Splash location:
c:\eclipsex2\x2eclipse\plugins\org.eclipse.platform_3.7.2.v201202080800\spla
sh.bmp
Debug options:
file:/C:/eclipsex2/x2eclipse/1 not found
Time to load bundles: 10
Starting application: 1235
 
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Don't know if this is the problem, but I was having issues with Eclipse Helios where when Eclipse was abnormally terminated, it took forever to restart. The way to get around this was to delete all the ".snap" files from the .metatdata.

Deleting the .metadata entirely is likely to lose more important project information, however. If you do that, you'll effectively have created a new workspace and you'll probably have to import the project files into it.
 
Wendy Gibbons
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yep i can confirm that deleting the metadats lands you with an empty workspace
 
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Yes, the .metadata directory contains all of the information that Eclipse maintains about the workspace. If you delete it, the workspace is gone, as far as Eclipse is concerned. You can the reopen the workspace directory in Eclipse and then import existing projects.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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