Juri Strumpflohner
Juri Strumpflohner Juri is a full stack developer and tech lead with a special passion for the web and frontend development. He creates online videos for Egghead.io, writes articles on his blog and for tech magazines, speaks at conferences and holds training workshops.

Eclipse: Importing existing project: "Invalid project description"

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Monday morning, 07:30 AM. Me, starting the computer after the weekend, executing a git pull from my repository to fetch the latest src. Then I opened my freshly installed Eclipse JavaScript version followed by a nice "Import existing project" (I pushed the project on my Mac previously) on the just fetched git repository. Fail.

Invalid project description
Damn. My first thought was a potential incompatibility, given that the project was created on my Mac previously, and I just tried to import it on Win7.
So if you should encounter a similar problem try the following. Assume you pulled the repository into C:\gitrepo\mygit. Then

  • create another directory, for instance C:\eclipsewrkspc\mygit
  • start Eclipse to use that directory as its workspace.
  • use the "Import existing project" functionality and point to the git directory
  • Uncheck the "copy into workspace" flag.
That approach should work, at least it did for me.

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