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Webmaster FAQ

Something bothering you about the infrastructure? Something not running right? Please read these FAQ's before contacting


Getting the news, reading the mail

How do I access the Eclipse newsgroups?

Our original NNTP style newsgroups have been replaced by web based forums

You will need an Eclipse account to post messages, and you will be automatically re-directed to the login page when you use the post option.

How do I unsubscribe from a mailing list or change my mailing list options?

You can manage you mailing list subscriptions by logging in to your account and looking under the 'mailing lists' tab.

Do I have to unsubscribe to the mailing list if my email address changes?

A. No, if you update your account email address it will attempt to update all of your subscribed mailing lists once you have confirmed the change.

I sent an e-mail to the list, but it got rejected. What gives?

A. You must subscribe to the list before sending e-mail to it. You must also use the same e-mail address in your mail client, otherwise our list software won't recognize you. Please note that lists ending in -dev, such as eclipse-dev, are intended for Eclipse developers working on a specific project, and should not be used for general information.

I sent an e-mail to the list, but it's not appearing in the archives. Why?

A. The list and group archives are generated hourly, so just wait a bit. If the server load is too high when the archiving process starts, it will abort and wait another hour.

Reporting bugs

Is the username and password that I use to access Bugzilla the same one used to access the mailing lists?

No. You can request an Eclipse account on this page.

Help! I've forgotten my password.

A. The account page has everything you need.

How do I change the email address that I use to login to Bugzilla?

A. Go to My Account

Help Using Eclipse

I need help using Eclipse - where should I send my question?

A. The forums are the best place to post a question about using Eclipse. Please don't send questions regarding using Eclipse to the mailing lists. They are typically used for development discussions.

Can you send me a list of books about Eclipse?

A. A list of Eclipse books is available on the community page under the Sources of Eclipse information heading.

Is there an Eclipse FAQ?

A. See the Official Eclipse FAQs on this Wiki, or look at other FAQs on the Main Page

I get Access Forbidden for a project's update site/p2 repository

A. Update sites are typically not browseable. The Eclipse Update Manager knows to look for a file within that directory.

Getting Eclipse - Downloads and Mirrors

How do I become an Eclipse mirror?

A. Please follow these instructions.

Help! I can't seem to download - my download stops at 99% and never completes.

A. Disable real time virus scanning while you download.

I don't have broadband. Where can I get Eclipse on a CD?

A. Many sites offer Eclipse Distributions - Yoxos is one of them.

I've downloaded Eclipse several times and it seems to be corrupt. Is the archive valid?

A. Yes, the archive is valid. Please remove all temporary files that were created during the download and try again.

I can't seem to download Eclipse from a mirror X. Is there a problem with this mirror?

A. We only administer servers. If you have a specific problem with another mirror, please contact the webmaster of that mirror.

Creating new projects

I want to create a new project. What do I do?

A. Please view this page: Dev Process

Eclipse Source Code

Where can I download the Eclipse source code?

A. Use a Git client such as eGit and connect to our Git repositories.


I need commit access to Plugin XYZ. Can I have it?

A. Before granting access, I need PMC and/or Project Lead approval, as well as a list of projects you need access to. I don't know that XYZ plugin requires access to org.eclipse.zzc and org.eclipse.yyz, so be as explicit as you can.

I can't connect to Git anymore

A. If you're using ssh and you're getting connection timeout errors, your IP address may be blocked or blacklisted on our firewall due to a perceived attack (too many bad logins, trying to login using an invalid user ID, etc). Contact the, and don't forget to specify your Internet-facing IP address (can be obtained here)

I need to change a web page. Can I?

A. If the page is a project page to which you are a committer, I can grant you access to the website if the PMC/Project Lead agrees.

How do I update

A. Send a note to Webmaster telling us the name of your help plugin and where we can find it on We'll copy it over to the help server and re-start things.

B. As part of the release train someone usually opens a bug called something like 'Will soon need a $release_name Info center'. You can update that bug with your plugins and we'll add them to the help server.

I need to add/remove.change a version/milestone/component in Bugzilla. How do I do this?

A. Committers can access the Bugzilla manager in My Account to edit Bugzilla. But there are some things you should know first:

  • Only the Project Leads or PMCs for projects can grant committers the ability to edit bugzilla data.
  • Edit access only aplies to one specific project. In other words: if the platform PMC gave you access, it does not mean you can edit the birt bugzilla data, you can only edit the platform bugzilla data. If you convince the Birt PLs to give you access then you can edit both.
  • You can't delete anything. This allows us to prevent the database from corrupting.
  • You can add as many versions and milestones as you like, but you can't edit them once they have been created.
  • Once you have submitted a new component, you can't change the name. You can change everything else about it though.
  • All email address must be valid bugzilla accounts.

If you are a Project Lead or PMC member the first item you will see is a drop down box that contains all of the projects you are in charge of. By selecting one of the projects and clicking the 'Edit' button you will be presented with the known list of comitters and you can then procede to grant and revoke access to your bugzilla components.

To change the access status of a committer simlpy click on their name and watch for the checkmark to change in the 'Edit Bugs' column. To save your changes just click the 'Save Changes' button.

If you are a committer that has been granted bugzilla edit privileges, or a PL or PMC there will be a drop box containing all of the projects you have access to. By selecting a project from this list and clickeing the 'Edit' button you will be taken to the main bugzilla page for that project.

The main page conatains the basic information about the project. Namely:

  • A description of the project.
  • The maximum number of votes per user.
  • The maximum number of votes a single bug can have.
  • The number of votes required to confirm a bug automatically
  • The default milestone for the project.

You can edit all of these details on the main page, and you can save them by clicking the 'Make Changes; button.

The other things located on the main pages are links to pages that will allow you to:

  • Edit/add components
  • Add new versions
  • Add new milestones.

Dealing with components:

The main components page show you a list of all of your current components, their description, default owner(who gets the email whan a bug is filed) and the default QA contact.

If you want to edit a component just click on it's name and you will be able to change any details, excluding the name. Just click the 'Save Changes' button when your done.

Adding a component is the same as editing except yo ucan pick the name you want.

  • NOTE: All given email addresses must be for valid bugzilla accounts, or else you will get an error.

Dealing with milestones:

The only thing to remember is that milestones, unlike versions require a 'sort' key. This numeric value is used to order the list of milestones you see in bugzilla.

Project Inboxes

It is a common practice for Eclipse projects to set a project inbox as the default assignee for new bugs. Inboxes generally take the form of <project>.<component> (e.g., or Any messages sent to this email address are discarded.

In the Bugzilla preferences, any user can opt to be copied whenever email is sent to a particular email address. This makes it easy for any user (i.e. community member) to monitor bug activity against a particular dummy inbox. Further, this sort of arrangement is resilient to change as there is never any need to change the inbox (individual default assignees can change frequently).

Some projects opt to have a different dummy inbox for each Bugzilla component. Some have a single inbox for all components. How you use inboxes is a project decision. If you have any questions, check with your PMC for advice.

You can request that an inbox be created by sending a note to

I asked the webmaster to do something. When will it get done?

A. Here's how webmasters handle their workload, in order of priority.

  1. Infrastructure issues causing outage or performance loss of any kind, or that can potentially cause outage or performance loss (kernel updates, security advisories, monitoring, enforcing proper usage of resources, etc).
  2. Issues blocking committers from working: password resets, permissions, locked accounts, firewall issues, slow performance, etc.
  3. Other committer/project issues: new Git or bugzilla components, new project provisioning, new lists or groups for projects, new account provisioning, helping committers get up and going, project reorganizations, etc.
  4. General community requests that don't involve infrastructure change, forwarding e-mail, fixing broken links, etc.
  5. Enhancement requests and infrastructure changes not covered by the above, and for which enough community support warrants its execution: anything in bugzilla, ordered by priority, enhancements last. Anything in this pile can be brought up higher (or lower) by Committer/community support, or PMCs.

Some notes:

  • We encourage folks to use Bugzilla for infra requests.
  • Folks who are not happy with where their priority 4. (or higher numerically) requests are in the queue can gather PMC support and/or committer support to increase the priority.
  • Folks should understand that if a priority 5 is bumped up to priority 3, it will have an impact on everything else in 3., 4. and 5. Likewise, if everyone wants everything at priority 3., it all looks the same to us. infrastructure

What software does use on its servers?

A. Linux, and an assortment of Open Source Goodies.

You're running Something-1.0.2. Why don't you use SomeOtherThing-3.4.5 instead?

You're not using plugin-0.99/extension-4.98 for Something-1.0.2, why not?

A. There are many reasons we use the software we do. Here's a short list:

  • Because we've been using it for years, and switching to something new may require more effort than the actual benefit.
  • It's proven its stability in mission-critical environments, under heavy load.
  • It's well-understood and easy to maintain.
  • It is known to perform well under load.
  • It's part of our core OS. It's much easier to upgrade and maintain software that's bundled with the OS.
  • Works well in a clustered environment, making it stable, scalable and redundant.
  • Because. Just because.

There are many reasons we don't run some software. Here's a short list:

  • It's not part of the above list of reasons.
  • Because the projects hosted at haven't asked, or don't feel the need for it.
  • Because it's not enterprise-level. We install the least amount of hacked and compiled software.
  • Because it's too hard to maintain. Sure, installing it is easy, but can it stay up 24/7/365 under heavy load?
  • Because it doesn't run in a load-balanced environment. We don't set up services on one server, that doesn't scale.
  • Because it's a security risk, and Webmasters don't like getting up at 3:00am to fix problems.
  • Because we haven't had time to look into it yet.
  • Because. Just because.

You should install Xyz 1.0.2. It's way cool and it only took me 15 minutes to install on my basement server.

A. When your basement server averages hundreds of concurrent connections 365 days/year, get back to me.

Why don't you use wiki namespaces?

A. There are a couple of answers

  • If Wikipedia doesn't need namespaces to serve up 2 million plus pages then we probably don't either
  • The ongoing overhead of maintaining the namespaces is not currently offset by the limited application and benefit.

Contacting the WebMaster

How can I get the quickest response from the WebMaster?

A. When contacting the WebMaster, please include a detailed message, with as much technical information as possible:

  • for broken links include the URL of the page that contains a bad link.
  • for problems downloading files: indicate which file and the name of the mirror
  • for information on Eclipse builds, troubleshooting, How-Tos, and plugins, check our Forums and subscribe to the mailing lists (see above)

How do I contact the WebMaster?

A. Just e-mail We'll try our best to respond as quickly as we can.

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