Running RTC, RAD, RSA, or IDA on Fedora 19.

So let me start off by saying that Fedora 19 is not a supported environment for IBM products.  That being said if you are living on the bleeding edge of technology like me you probably noticed that Rational Team Concert, Rational Application Developer, Rational Software Architect, or InfoSphere Data Architect do not work on Fedora 19 or the latest version of Ubuntu. The main reason for this is a defect in Eclipse 4.2.2 that they are built on. The resulting error looks like this:

Unhandled exception
Type=Segmentation error vmState=0x00000000
J9Generic_Signal_Number=00000004 Signal_Number=0000000b Error_Value=00000000 Signal_Code=00000001
Handler1=00007F88ABA54940 Handler2=00007F88AB6F4900 InaccessibleAddress=0000000000000000
RDI=0000000000000000 RSI=00007F88A4A5B5A0 RAX=00007F88A617F2C0 RBX=0000000000000000
RCX=0000003FF306DA00 RDX=0000003DE9421908 R8=0000000000000000 R9=00007F88A492DCD0
R10=00007F88AC604FA0 R11=00007F88AC6050A0 R12=0000000000000004 R13=0000000000000119
R14=00007F88ABBD0D80 R15=00007F882C5C7A2A
RIP=0000003FF306DA11 GS=0000 FS=0000 RSP=00007F88AC6053B0
EFlags=0000000000210206 CS=0033 RBP=00007F88A4A5B5A0 ERR=0000000000000004
TRAPNO=000000000000000E OLDMASK=0000000000000000 CR2=0000000000000000
xmm0 0000000000000000 (f: 0.000000, d: 0.000000e+00)
xmm1 2424242424242424 (f: 606348352.000000, d: 1.385533e-134)
xmm2 0000000000000000 (f: 0.000000, d: 0.000000e+00)
xmm3 0000000000000000 (f: 0.000000, d: 0.000000e+00)
xmm4 0000000000000000 (f: 0.000000, d: 0.000000e+00)
xmm5 0000000000000000 (f: 0.000000, d: 0.000000e+00)
xmm6 00007f88ac605830 (f: 2891995136.000000, d: 6.928035e-310)
xmm7 0000000000000004 (f: 4.000000, d: 1.976263e-323)
xmm8 b1cc29b34c49b08c (f: 1279897728.000000, d: -8.161092e-69)
xmm9 116c0a02d9b0f362 (f: 3652252416.000000, d: 9.468854e-225)
xmm10 405e000000000000 (f: 0.000000, d: 1.200000e+02)
xmm11 403d5ee19101ca50 (f: 2432813568.000000, d: 2.937063e+01)
xmm12 3ee7185e8efb29c4 (f: 2398824960.000000, d: 1.101265e-05)
xmm13 3f6b2f769cf0e200 (f: 2633032192.000000, d: 3.318531e-03)
xmm14 3fe9e3779b97f4a7 (f: 2610427136.000000, d: 8.090170e-01)
xmm15 3fe41b2f769cf0e2 (f: 1989996800.000000, d: 6.283185e-01)
Module_base_address=0000003FF3000000 Symbol=soup_session_feature_detach
Target=2_60_20130617_152572 (Linux 3.11.2-201.fc19.x86_64)
CPU=amd64 (8 logical CPUs) (0x3d1fae000 RAM)
———– Stack Backtrace ———–
soup_session_feature_detach+0x11 (0x0000003FF306DA11 [])
Java_org_eclipse_swt_internal_webkit_WebKitGTK__1soup_1session_1feature_1detach+0x7f (0x00007F882C5C7AA9 [])
(0x00007F88ABA6CF21 [])

The defect has to do with a bug in WebKitGTK. In WebKitGTK 1.10.x a crash can occur if an attempt is made to show a browser before a size has been set. There is a fix in Eclipse 4.3 but unfortunately the IBM tooling does not build on that yet.

The first alternative to consider is to use xulrunner instead. Unfortunately only xulrunner 1.9.2 is supported for 64 bit. This is due to the fact that JavaXPCOM was removed from xulrunner 2 and later.

Unfortunately that version of xulrunner does not fully support HTML 5 nor does it reliably work under the latest Fedora or Ubuntu in my experience.  So an alternative is to upgrade the underlying Eclipse platform for those products. This is not an easy task since the products disable this capability by way of dependencies. The next best thing is to update the components of one jar.

The fix is available in the org.eclipse.swt.gtk.linux jar file in Eclipse 4.3. Here are the steps I took to resolve this issue:

  1. Install RTC, RAD, or another IBM IDE based on Eclipse 4.2
  2. Download and uncompress Eclipse 4.3 (Kepler)
  3. Open org.eclipse.swt.gtk.linux.x86_64_3.102.1.v20130827-2048.jar Eclipse 4.3 in an archive utility
  4. Open org.eclipse.swt.gtk.linux.x86_64_3.100.1.v4236b.jar from the IBM product in an archive utility.
  5. copy all of the /org/eclipse/swt/browser/WebKit*.class files from the Eclipse 4.3 swt archive to the IBM product’s archive.
  6. Start the application