I downloaded Eclipse from Eclipse page and extracted it in Downloads directory. When I run Eclipse as normal user then application behaves strange:

$ ./eclipse
Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "canberra-gtk-module"

Some symptoms:

  • Eclipse can't resolve symbols in source code and marks them as invalid
  • GUI looks like in other KDE applications
  • when I quit program, then there is some error about write protection

Error message:

Problems occurred while trying to save the state of the workbench.
Could not write metadata for '/ab'.
/home/user/workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.resources/.projects/ab/.markers (Permission denied)

I encountered some other problems like write problems during update.

However when I run Eclipse as super user:

$ sudo ./eclipse

then everything works as it should and GUI looks different (GTK is loaded or what? I don't know).

I tried to give 777 permission to all files in Eclipse directory but it didn't work. And I didn't install Eclipse anywhere, just downloaded and extracted. I tried also to download Eclipse with apt-get but there was the same problem. How to make Eclipse work correct?

I use Kubuntu 11.10.


Possibly the permissions on your workspace are messed up? Usually that's in ~/workspaces, so if you do a chown -R on that tree, it might help.

  • Operation not permitted error.. – Deepika Rajani Apr 5 '16 at 5:29

I think that you should use gksudo (kdesudo on Kubuntu) to run graphical applications.


Using an administrator account, in the console type:

sudo chown user:user /home/user/workspace -R

Remember to replace user with the username you wish to use eclipse.

Also keep in mind running eclipse as root will possibly create new files in the workspace directory that can be updated/deleted only by the root user, meaning the error you're experiencing.

  • he doesn't ask how to run eclipse as a superuser, but how to repair it to run it as usual user without issues:) – Gryu Mar 3 '20 at 15:55
  • Thank you. I forgot to include the chown command. – user1445537 Mar 4 '20 at 18:51

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