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MemoryAnalyzer/Shared Installation

Eclipse Memory Analyzer and a shared installation

Sometimes it can be useful to install Eclipse Memory Analyzer in a shared directory so that many people can use it, but ideally with their own settings.

See Eclipse multi-user installs

  1. Unpack Eclipse Memory Analyzer into a location which can be shared
  2. Option: Start MAT and set up preferences etc. as required which will be the default configuration
  3. Add the following to MemoryAnalyzer.ini. This stops a root user from running Memory Analyzer and overwriting key files in the shared directories.
    -protect
    root
  4. Add to configuration/config.ini a line such as
    osgi.instance.area=@user.home/MemoryAnalyzer
    This sets the workspace as the default would be under the Memory Analyzer install directory, so would not be writable. This means the user does not have to specify -data
  5. Make all the Memory Analyzer files and directories publicly readable, but not writable.
  6. The error logs will go to a location like ~/.eclipse/org.eclipse.mat_1.13.0_87691952_linux_gtk_x86_64/configuration/1651585377771.log The org.eclipse.mat and 1.13.0 come from .eclipseproduct, linux from the os, gtk from ws, x86_64 from arch.

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