It's all about the answers!

Ask a question

What is the help.war in the preferenceharvester RTC Eclipse client plugin?

Marko Tomljenovic (31646109) | asked Jan 21 '15, 2:35 p.m.
During playing around with the RTC Eclipse client features I found out that the metadata folder of the Eclipse workspace got pretty big.

The reason was [workspace root]\.metadata\.plugins\\help\help.war

What is this file for. It seems to be something for the Eclipse internal help system. But what is the file used for and how couldI I possibly switch it off?

Thank you

3 answers

permanent link
Alexandre Stegani (8664) | answered Jan 22 '15, 4:58 p.m.
Hi Marko,

When you first installed RTC Eclipse Client, you probably selected "Download help and access the content locally". The help.war file is the offline content of our help.

If you no longer want to use a local help file, you can switch to use our online help. You computer must have access to internet. Here's how to do it:

Marko Tomljenovic commented Jan 23 '15, 8:28 a.m.
 you probably selected "Download help and access the content locally".

Where is this selection done? In the client in the installation manager?

Alexandre Stegani commented Jan 26 '15, 4:31 p.m.

This is one of the Installation Manager steps.

Marko Tomljenovic commented Jan 27 '15, 3:19 a.m.

 We did not use the installation manager to install the client plugins into our Eclipse based IDE.

Do you maybe know whether this can be disabled without having an installation manager?

Alexandre Stegani commented Jan 27 '15, 4:17 p.m.

Hi Marko,

Sorry for the confusion. I mentioned IM, because this is one way to have this option enabled in Eclipse Client, but I didnt confirm that necessarily you used that way.

You can change the way you access "help" anytime, please check this link for further instructions:

Marko Tomljenovic commented Jan 28 '15, 4:26 a.m.

Hi Allexandri,

there was no confusion :)

But still your provided link does not give a hint on how to disable downloading the help.war file. Or is this done always, if a remote help is configured.

permanent link
Alexandre Stegani (8664) | answered Jan 28 '15, 8:04 a.m.
From Eclipse Client browse to Window > Preferences, select "Local" content and click Disable. The help.war is no longer needed at this time.

Then to enableto the online help, select the Remote content (URL and click Enable.

permanent link
Marko Tomljenovic (31646109) | answered Jan 30 '15, 4:53 a.m.
 You are asked to install the help locally if you enable the following Java VM switch when starting the Eclipse client:


Then automatically the remote IBM help server is disabled whereas the local one is enabled. The opposite happens if the value is "remote". If you set it to "custom" than a custom default server can be specified via VM property "help.URL.default".

Marko Tomljenovic commented Jan 30 '15, 4:54 a.m.

 And if you give -Dhelp.type.default=disabled it is completely disabled by default.

Marko Tomljenovic commented Jan 30 '15, 4:56 a.m.

 Problem with with the "disabled" switch is that it disables the help for each restart of the Eclipse client. You can enable it temporarily in the preferences but after the restart it is again disabled.

Your answer

Register or to post your answer.

Dashboards and work items are no longer publicly available, so some links may be invalid. We now provide similar information through other means. Learn more here.