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Bug 199094 - Add code completion for VM args
Summary: Add code completion for VM args
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: java
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Project (show other bugs)
Version: 7.0
Hardware: All All
: P3 normal (vote)
Assignee: Tomas Zezula
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-06-01 20:46 UTC by kitfox
Modified: 2011-06-08 09:39 UTC (History)
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Description kitfox 2011-06-01 20:46:16 UTC
It would be really useful to have a checkbox in a projects run properties that adds the 'enable assert' flag to the runtime command line.
Comment 1 Jesse Glick 2011-06-02 17:32:54 UTC
You can just add "-ea" to Run / VM Options. I am not sure a new checkbox is needed for this, though it might be mentioned in the hint below the text field.

(Adding a checkbox is tricky in case an existing project had -ea in VM Options; during customization, would need to parse the options and pull this out, then add it back in during save. But there have been some reason why it was located in a particular position in the options.)
Comment 2 Jesse Glick 2011-06-02 17:37:00 UTC
Another possibility is to offer code completion on known option names. (Could run 'java -help' followed by 'java -X' using the selected JDK, and grep for /^ +-[a-zA-Z]+/.)
Comment 3 Tomas Zezula 2011-06-03 07:00:40 UTC
I vote for the second option (the code completion).
There is already lots of UI controls and adding a new one does not scale.
Comment 4 Tomas Zezula 2011-06-08 09:39:40 UTC
Also there is "Customize" button in the J2SE Project properties (VM options) where are the checkboxes.
The Customize panel is in my opinion worse than the proposed code completion.