Hi guys well i'm new to Ubuntu my first time try to install and set environment stuffs on Ubuntu.

I installed jdk 7 from webupd installer and installed the default setting package. I also installed ant 1.9.3 which should be installed properly.

Firstly I followed the instructions which I got from google search, it said i just need to download the package and extract it and put it anywhere I want. But it turned out when I click the eclipse it just doesn't work. Nothing happened.

So I did a lot of search, I finally followed this blog here

I downloaded eclipse from the official site its a very neat instruction and I compared with many other instructions I got it seems it should work. But after I followed all of those steps I got the message like this: "eclipse" is not installed

I read this, then added the "-vm" and "/path/to/java" thing into the eclipse.ini like this:


Then I tried to run eclipse from terminal again (with the command: eclipse). Got the error msg like this:

nini@nini-Vostro-3350:~$ eclipse
bash: /usr/bin/eclipse: cannot execute binary file

I totally don't know what happened and have been working on this for the whole day. Is there anyone can help me ? Thank you very much.

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    I don't really understand. Why didn't you install eclipse with sudo apt-get install eclipse ? Can you cd to /opt/eclipse/ and simply enter eclipse in the terminal ? – Buddyshot Mar 6 '14 at 14:01

As of the link to the article you have mentioned in the question, the author shows an example to download 64-bit version of eclipse.

I doubt you are using x86 Ubuntu with a x86_64 JVM. To make sure your Ubuntu is 64 bits, run the following command:

$ uname -i
  • with this command i got: i386 – user255399 Mar 6 '14 at 23:46
  • i also tried the command "uname -mrsn" and got this output: "Linux nini-Vostro-3350 3.11.0-15-generic i686" so i guess it's correct? – user255399 Mar 6 '14 at 23:48
  • i686 that means you have x86 bit machine so try installing 32 bit eclipse – Aatish Sai Mar 7 '14 at 8:58
  • Thanks Aatish the 32-bit does work. sorry it was a stupid question :P but i still don't quite understand how come this cos actually all other apps and my OS are def 64-bit – user255399 Mar 8 '14 at 4:21

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