On Wed, 5 Dec 2018 at 15:29, Mat Booth <fedora@matbooth.co.uk> wrote:
The Eclipse Platform upstream is in the process of dropping all support for 32bit arches.

The current state is that upstream are no longer building for 32bit arches upstream for 4.10 (release 2018-12) onwards. I expect them to start actively removing 32bit specific code in future releases.

You can read more about the decision on the upstream bug [2]

In Fedora, Eclipse 4.10 which I am building for Rawhide and F29 right now, still builds for 32bit arches, but this will not last long. I expect in a future release (4.11 or later) Eclipse will no longer build on x86/arm and at that time I will no longer be able to support these architectures in Fedora -- I expect to exclude those arches from Fedora builds.

If you depend on the ECJ batch compiler, this will continue to be available on all arches as a noarch package. (It is packaged as a discrete SRPM and has no build or runtime dependency on the Eclipse Platform itself.)


[1] https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/devel@lists.fedoraproject.org/thread/XCQIMO3W3D5XGHQHBVVIBUBPIXKJJJWL/
[2] https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=526620

It's three months later and I wanted to follow up on this.

Eclipse in Fedora has dropped support for 32 bit architectures. The newest builds of Eclipse 4.11 for F30 and newer reflect this and are built for 64 bit architectures only.

By now I have touched most Eclipse plug-in packages to limit their availability to the same architectures as Eclipse itself. If you own a package that is not an Eclipse plug-in but it does have a build or runtime dependency on Eclipse, then you will need to follow suit and make your package also exclude 32 bit architecture. If your package simply depends on Eclipse/Equinox for OSGi APIs, then you might be better switching your package to build against the OSGi APIs provided by the osgi-core/osgi-compendium packages instead to stay available on all architecture. Feel free to ping if you are unsure how to proceed.


PS. My next job is modularising Eclipse in Fedora so that it remains available in the distro after the great package retiring happens.

Mat Booth