I’ve recently started weaning myself off of Flashdevelop and onto FDT, mainly because it’s cross platform but also because it means I can use the same IDE for coding and compiling Actionscript and Java.

The other clinching factor was it’s plugins, notably Subversive for SVN browsing and team collaboration goodness.

This evening though, I tried checking out a Google code project and got the following error:

SVN: ‘0×00400006: Validate Repository Location’ operation finished with error: Selected SVN connector library is not available or cannot be loaded.
If you selected native JavaHL connector, please check if binaries are available or install and select pure Java Subversion connector from the plug-in connectors update site.

If connectors already installed then you can change the selected one at: Window->Preferences->Team->SVN->SVN Client.

Selected SVN connector library is not available or cannot be loaded.

If you selected native JavaHL connector, please check if binaries are available or install and select pure Java Subversion connector from the plug-in connectors update site.

If connectors already installed then you can change the selected one at: Window->Preferences->Team->SVN->SVN Client.

Basically, it was banging on about connectors, so…

In case anyone is experiencing the same thing, here’s what I did to solve it:

  1. Open up the Software Updates and Add-ons dialogue (Help > Software Updates)
  2. Click Add Site and enter the Polaron SVN Connectors update site URL:
    (I found this on the Polaron download page)
  3. Open up the Subversive Connectors Site node, then Subversive SVN Connectors
  4. Download the following plugins:
    • Subversive SVN Connectors
    • SVNKit 1.1.7 Implementation

Restart Eclipse (or FDT standalone) when prompted and that seemed to do the trick.

I’m new to FDT and Eclipse, so let me know I was missing something.

Posted on 06 Feb 2009
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  1. Jesse Freeman 8 years ago

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Eclipse. Glad to hear you are moving over, FDT and FlexBuilder are very good plugin editors for Eclipse. I don’t think I could live without the Subversion plugin, its really helpful when doing compares or merges. Also, Eclipse has some cool “save your ass features” like saving a local history of your files while you edit incase you don’t constantly commit code back to the repo. You should check out the “Local History” property under Preferences -> General -> Workspace to increase the storage. The only thing that keeps me in FlexBuilder instead of FDT is the debugger/profiler. FDT, doesn’t have anything close but I did come across this interesting AIR app that may help you out: http://www.monsterdebugger.com. I also found myself depending a lot on ANT when using FDT, if you need any scripts just let me know… I was doing builds of my documentation, library swcs, my main project then having it load in my default browser along with a trace console thanks to ANT. Last thing is you can map your command return (mac user) to do your compiles in the key bindings. I just wish more people talked about how to configure the editors, its a topic that is greatly overlooked.

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  2. Ahad Bokhari 8 years ago

    Hi Justin,

    Good to hear that you are using FDT as your editor, hope that works out! – Thanks for the ^tip will definitely check out the trial version. Also cheers for keeping my link on your blog, I appreciate that…

    I have been using netbeans/Flex IDE for application development but recently moved to GVim which is a command line UNIX based editor. Its alot like Text Mate on the MAC, and with the cygwin executable you can run that on windows too…The learning curve is steep and its suited for more Rails type of development. One things for sure its much quicker and less hacky then Java based editors…

    Most people who use Java/Eclipse find it hard to handle a command-line development environment (much as i did!) but when you get used to it you won’t look back. Of course if you want to develop Java/Flex/*Android then its a “no-brainer”.

    @Jesse: I totally agree with you, it truly is overlooked. One thing that i liked about the UNIX DEV. ENV. is that you can have your cmd line, editor, file explorer, and *sql tail all in one interface. I think people should blog more about their personal favorite environments, as it really is a personal perspective.

    Gosh how I can’t wait to get on a MAC!!!

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  3. Ahad Bokhari 8 years ago

    Sorry about the re comment but you might be interested in this article:


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  4. Soulwire 8 years ago

    Hi Jesse & Ahad,

    It’s good to be welcomed with open arms into the Eclipse brotherhood!

    The local history definitely sounds like a lifesaver, I’ll check it out now. Likewise, MonsterDebugger looks like a great app. I haven’t used Flex extensively (I let the trial expire then dropped it), but you’re right the debugger is a gem.

    I’d love to have a look at your ANT scripts – I know from some of your posts and our chats that you’ve been exploiting ANT’s capabilities and that its really helped your workflow. I’ve been having a lot of fun getting a few basic ANT tasks set up, as well as bulking out the FDT templates by switching my FD snippets over. I’m enjoying the class templates, plus being able to set up singletons and such with a few key strokes is a nice time saver.

    I agree with you both – it’s always helpful to see how developers configure / use their editors – not just because it’s interesting to know how others work, but because features one might overlook can get a fresh interpretation and end up becoming an important tool in the arsenal.

    I’m also interested in what you were saying about the command line Ahad. I must admit, I’m a sucker for certain creature comforts, but have learned the important lesson that, even if you aren’t regularly working with it directly, it’s essential to understand how it’s being used. Simple things, like the default arguments not being suitable for a project can cause unnecessary headaches if you’re not used to setting these up yourself.

    I’m going to have a look at as3svnlib – looks like an interesting experiment; very clever.

    I’m sure I’ll take a leaf from both your books and post more about the little journey of discovery one takes when switching to an expansive, feature rich tool like Eclipse.

    Cheers again for the tips and links :)

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  5. ynk 8 years ago

    Hey there,

    I recently switched on a mac too, and i was really disapointed to loose FD3… I discovered Java at the same time, so i’m using NetBeans :) For Flash now, i was using Flex Builder because it looked the most similar to FD regarding to others…but… now i’m using FlashDevelop again !

    I knew that u can use Parallels to emulate some windows things, but it wasn’t very powerfull regarding to a real OS ; i knew bootcamp was also a good solution, but rebooting my computer each time was a deep pain in my ass :D but i didn’t knew that with Parallels, you can “plug” parallels to work with the existing bootcamp winXP partition. With the “coherence” mode which puts all the menubars in the mac OS bars, and a dock icon, it looks perfectly cross platform !

    See you

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  6. Soulwire 8 years ago

    Yeah, Parallels works pretty well in my opinion too. I was using the same setup as you for a while, and only really switched initially because I wanted to get to grips with Eclipse and FDT. Flashdevelop does rock. I miss it! :)

    Cheers for sharing your config. I did find there was some leg work getting FD to call the Flash install in OSX, but aside from that it’s a nice way of doing things. I’m yet to try Vista in Parallels though – from what I hear its pretty ‘heavy’.

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  7. Mike 7 years ago

    This was very helpful for getting Subversive to work on a Mac. I didn’t realise the “SVNKit 1.1.7 Implementation” was required, and I was trying a lot of different things. Also helpful was:


    Getting JDK 1.6 on the Mac.


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