Eclipse.org always amaze me with the kind of tooling that they go on adding to the Eclipse Platform. Few months back when I was browsing the different projects in Eclipse, I stumbled on Remote System Explorer (RSE)
The purpose of the Target Management project is to creates data models and frameworks to configure and manage remote systems, their connections, and their services.
Remote System Explorer helps in
- Creating connections to remote Linux/Unix Servers
- Exploring the remote file system
- Editing and saving remote files
- Open shells and execute commands
- Search for files on the remote system
- Download the RSE plugin from the following link (Please check against the version of Eclipse that you are using)http://download.eclipse.org/dsdp/tm/downloads/
- Install the RSE plugin. I would recommend to install the plugin using the “links” concept
- If the plugin is properly installed you should be able to see a new “Remote System Explorer” perspective added to the workspace
(Note: I have a slightly old version of RSE at my workplace. The wizard data might differ in the new version)
The default Remote System Explorer view shows your system’s local file system by default.
You can additionally configure/add new connections via the “New Connection” dialog
Input the host name and connection name (optionally you can input connections description)
Once a new connection is added, you can connect to the sever using the required security credentials. After a successful connection you should be able to explore the remote system from the Navigator view.
The remote files can be opened/edited and saved from within Eclipse. Default Eclipse editors come into action based on the type of the remote file.
You can launch a shell and execute commands (Even the environment variables for the shell can be set)
With RSE plugin, my usage of Putty (Poderosa) has reduced a little bit.
Even for copying files between the local machine and the remote server, I don’t need to do FTP/SCP. I just drag and drop the files between the remote file system and the local file system.
IBM also has detailed documentation on Remote System Explorer
- IBM Remote System Explorer -> http://www.developer.ibm.com/rational/remote_system_explorer.html
- IBM RSE Guide -> http://www.developer.ibm.com/isv/rational/rse_pres.pdf
(Note: All the features in IBM RSE might not still be part of Eclipse RSE)