Eclipse Native Launcher Help Needed

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Eclipse Native Launcher Help Needed

Ed Merks-2
Hi,

I opened this enhancement request:

   https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=558832

Without something that would let an application (the installer) know the
original value of the PATH before the native launcher has munged it, I
don't think there is any way to determine which java will run by default
and I think I need to know that in order to implement this request:

   https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=546153

I need/want to know which java implementation Eclipse will use if the
eclipse.ini does not contain a -vm option in order to avoid generating a
-vm option in the eclipse.ini when this value simply hard-codes the
system default (the Java that the native launcher will find anyway).  
So in general I need/want a way to determine the system default Java on
all supported OSes and currently I only have a hack that only works on
Windows and only because the native launcher uses / instead of \ when it
munges the PATH.

One way I can imagine to do that, as described in 558832, is if the
native launcher provided the value of the PATH in some other environment
variable that's exported to (available in) the launched application.  
E.g., something like this, probably in eclipseMain.c:

   setenv("ORIGINAL_PATH", getenv("PATH"), 1);

But I don't know how I can contribute something in order make this
happen.  I don't even know if this is really the best way or if this is
even feasible.   Moreover, I don't know how the native launcher is built.

Can anyone help or offer alternative ideas or approaches?

Thanks,
Ed



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