Launch Configuration Types
This extension point provides a configurable mechanism for launching applications.
Each launch configuration type has a name, supports one or more modes (run and/or debug), and specifies a delegate
responsible for the implementation of launching an application.
As of 3.2 the types can also define a migration delegate that can be used to set resource mappings between projects and the launch configurations that launch them.
<!ELEMENT extension (
point CDATA #REQUIRED
id CDATA #IMPLIED
name CDATA #IMPLIED
point - a fully qualified identifier of the target extension point
id - an optional identifier of the extension instance
name - an optional name of the extension instance
<!ELEMENT launchConfigurationType (
id CDATA #REQUIRED
delegate CDATA #IMPLIED
modes CDATA #IMPLIED
name CDATA #REQUIRED
public (true | false)
category CDATA #IMPLIED
sourcePathComputerId IDREF #IMPLIED
sourceLocatorId IDREF #IMPLIED
migrationDelegate CDATA #IMPLIED
delegateName CDATA #IMPLIED
delegateDescription CDATA #IMPLIED
id - specifies a unique identifier for this launch configuration type.
delegate - specifies the fully qualified name of the Java class that implements
Launch configuration instances of this type will delegate to instances of this class to perform launching. Launch delegates can also be contributed for a launch configuration type via the
launchDelegates extension. The launch delegate specified by a
launchConfigurationType extension is responsible for launching in all modes specified by the same extension. To extend the launching capabilities of an existing configuration type, or when different delegates are required for different launch mode combinations, the
launchDelegates extension should be used to contribute a launch delegate.
modes - specifies a comma-separated list of the modes this type of lauch configuration supports - "run" and/or "debug". Launch modes can also be contributed for a launch configuration type via the
name - specifies a human-readable name for this type of launch configuration.
public - specifies whether this launch configuration type is accessible by users. Defaults to
true if not specified.
category - an optional attribute that specifies this launch configuration type's category. The default value is unspecified (
null). Categories are client defined. This attribute was added in the 2.1 release.
sourcePathComputerId - The unique identifier of a sourcePathComputer extension that is used to compute a default source lookup path for launch configurations of this type. This atttribute was added in the 3.0 release.
Since 3.3, the
sourcePathComputerId can also be specified via the
launchDelegates extension point.
sourceLocatorId - The unique identifier of a sourceLocator extension that is used to create the source locator for sessions launched using launch configurations of this type. This atttribute was added in the 3.0 release.
Since 3.3, the
sourceLocatorId can also be specified via the
launchDelegates extension point.
migrationDelegate - specifies the fully qualified name of a Java class that implements
org.eclipse.debug.core.ILaunchConfigurationMigrationDelegate. Optional delegate used to migrate launch configurations of this type to be compatible with current tooling, since 3.2
delegateName - A human readable name for the associated launch delegate - for example, "Eclipse JDT Launcher". This name is presented to the user when more than one launcher is available for a launch configuration and the user must choose a preferred launcher. This attribute was added in the 3.3 release.
delegateDescription - A description of this type's launch delegate - for example "The Eclipse JDT Java Application Launcher supports running and debugging local Java applications". This description is presented to the user when more than one launcher is available for a launch configuration and the user must choose a preferred launcher. This attribute was added in the 3.3 release.
The fileExtension element is deprecated
<!ELEMENT fileExtension EMPTY>
extension CDATA #REQUIRED
default (true | false)
This element is no longer used. Instead, use the
org.eclipse.debug.ui.launchShortcuts extension point.
extension - specifies a file extension that this launch configuration type can be used for.
default - specifies whether this launch configuration type should be the default launch configuration type for the specified file extension. Defaults to
false if not specified.
The following is an example of a launch configuration type extension point:
"Example Application Launch Tooling"
"This example tooling will run or debug example code."
In the example above, the specified type of launch configuration supports both run and debug modes.
The specified type also has an associated migration delegate, a source locator id, a source path computer, and launch delegate name and description.
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