Extending an existing Eclipse IDE

When you install the Rational Functional Tester product package, you can choose to extend an Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE) already installed on your computer by adding the functions that the Rational Functional Tester package contains.

The Rational Functional Tester package that you install using IBM Installation Manager is bundled with a version of the Eclipse IDE or workbench; this bundled workbench is the base platform for providing the functionality in the Installation Manager package. However, if you have an existing Eclipse IDE on your workstation, then you have the option to extend it, that is, add to the IDE the additional functionality provided in the Rational Functional Tester package.

To extend an existing Eclipse IDE, in the Location page of the Install Packages wizard, select the Extend an existing Eclipse IDE option.

Important: To enable users who do not have Administrator privileges to work with Rational Functional Tester in the Windows Vista operating system, do not install Eclipse inside the Program Files directory (C:\Program Files\).

You might extend your existing Eclipse IDE, for example, because you want to gain the functionality provided in the Rational Functional Tester package, but you also want to have the preferences and settings in your current IDE when you work with the functionality from the Rational Functional Tester package. You also might want to work with plug-ins that you have installed that already extend the Eclipse IDE.

Your existing Eclipse IDE must be version 3.4.2 for the latest updates from eclipse.org to be extended. Installation Manager checks that the Eclipse instance you specify meets the requirements for the installation package.

You might need to update your Eclipse version in order to install updates to Rational Functional Tester . Refer to the update release documentation for information on changes to the prerequisite Eclipse version.