Upgrading Eclipse to 3.6

I just realized while trying to install Visual Editor, that Eclipse has a new version.  I am using 3.5, but 3.6 is available.

I could just download eclipse from their website, but that would be too easy!  I guess I was hoping that if I use the repository, the packaging team would keep it up to date.

I found this thread discussing upgrading.  They say it doesn’t work, but I thought I would give it a try myself.  Worst cast, I could download it manually like #11 describes.

So, I went to Synaptic and opened the Settings > Repositories.  Then, I added the repository:

deb https://launchpad.net/~eclipse-team/+archive/debian-package lucid main

When I clicked Reload on Synaptic, I got this error message:

Failed to fetch https://launchpad.net/~eclipse-team/+archive/debian-package/dists/lucid/main/binary-amd64/Packages.gz  The requested URL returned error: 404
Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
Failed to fetch https://launchpad.net/~eclipse-team/+archive/debian-package/dists/lucid/main/binary-amd64/Packages.gz  The requested URL returned error: 404Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

I wonder if it is because I am running the 64bit version of Ubuntu.

Anyway, since it didn’t work, I downloaded eclipse from the Eclipse website.  Then, I extracted the tar ball into my Downloads directory.  From the command line, I changed directory into the newly created eclipse directory.  Then, I ran this command to copy it to /usr/lib —

sudo cp -r * /usr/lib/eclipse/

One thing to keep in mind is that you probably want to write down what extensions you have installed and the sites so that you can reinstall them.

Resources

Ubuntu Forums: Update Eclipse 3.5 to 3.6

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