Friday, July 01, 2011

Fun with Eclipse on Mac OS: the command/option saga

When I tried to run Eclipse on my Macbook Pro the other day, I discovered that the command and option keys were reversed. If I tried to Paste with cmd-V, I'd get some funny character, but if I typed opt-V, it would paste. Instead of quitting, cmd-Q would insert this "œ" character, which is supposed to be input via opt-Q, which instead would quit me from Eclipse. Yeah, loads of fun.

I googled all around and found nothing, nothing at all, about this. The only other thing I could think of was to submit a bug (this one) and hope that someone could point me to some page about a gotcha... or whatever.

Well the plot thickens. Turns out that if I create a new user account on the Mac, that user doesn't have the same problem. So at least I know it's not even something about my system, but rather about my normal user account. So if I can't figure out, the worst case solution is I have to switch users to run Eclipse. Maybe I'd just switch to a new user account instead and move all my stuff to it.

But before I do all that, I'll see if I can figure out what it is about my account that's causing this. If I find any answers, I'll be posting them here.

Update: I tried a bunch of things -- moving all of the Preferences out of ~/Library, moving .* out of ~, moving Application Support files... I finally got fed up and just created a new account. Oh what fun this will be! :/

1 comment:

Deepak said...

Maybe you already solved it but the magic app you are looking for is probably ukulele!!