Working remotely

December 17, 2008 | Leave a Comment

I sometimes need to remotely edit a file on a server and to do so, I would either mount the drive using netDrive (windows) and edit it with a local editor or use XMing to open the editor running on the remote machine and edit the files on the server as I was using it. Either solutions have worked for me in the past but none of them were as convenient as having a local copy of the project and upload the result on the server.

Recently, a friend told me that Eclipse could be used to access remote files and edit them. That sounded practical enough for me to give it a try.

The plugin you need to do so is called Remote System Edition or RSE. To install it, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Help -> Update -> Find and Install
  2. Create a new remote location and enter a name (for example RSE) and the following URL: http://download.eclipse.org/dsdp/tm/updates/
  3. Click Finish. When prompting, select a server near you.
  4. In the following window, check the box next to Remote System Edition
  5. Click Next and accept the terms and conditions.
  6. Click Finish and the installation begins
  7. Restart the IDE

Hopefully the above steps were successful, you can not edit remote files on a Linux (SSH) or FTP Server. To browse a remote server, you need to connect to it by doing:

  1. Window -> Perspective -> Other
  2. Select Remote System Edition
  3. In the browsing pane, right click and click create new connection.
  4. Enter the settings to connect to your server
  5. Your file system will appear

You might call me a geek but I think that’s cool. Eclipse is not my default editor (maybe become I don’t come from the Java World) but I use it a lot more now that I can edit remote files and quickly touch up a webpage without having to upload it via FTP and everything.

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