Running EPF Composer in Fedora Linux, v3

Well, finally I succeed with native instalation of the EPF (Eclipse Process Framework) Composer in my Linux system thanks to Bruce MacIsaac and the development team help. I’m happy. This is not trivial since EPFC is a 32 bits application running in a modern 64 bits Linux system.

My working configuration:

In my system obviously I can install all rpm packages using DNF. For different distros look for the equivalent packages.

Maybe I’m missing some minor dependency, I didn’t checked in a clean instalation.

Download EPFC and xulrunner and extract each one in the path of your choice. I’m using xulrunner-10.0.2.en-US.linux-i686/ as directory name to be more meaninful.

The contents of epf.ini file:

-data
@user.home/EPF/workspace.152
-vmargs
-Xms64m
-Xmx512m
-Dorg.eclipse.swt.browser.XULRunnerPath=/PATHTOXULRUNNER/xulrunner-10.0.2.en-US.linux-i686/

I had to write the full system path for the -Dorg.eclipse.swt.browser.XULRunnerPath property to get Eclipse recognize it.

And to run EPF Composer:

cd $EPF_APP_DIR
$ epf -vm  /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-oracle-1.8.0.181/jre/bin/java  

If you want some non trivial work with Composer in Linux you’ll need xulrunner since it’s used extensively for editing contents.

Native Linux EPF Composer screenshot

I had success running the Windows EPF version using Wine and I can do some work with it, but at some point the program gets inestable and needs to reboot. Other very interesting advantage of running native is I can use the GTK+ filechooser which is really lot better than the simpler native Java one.

I plan to practice a lot modeling with EPF Composer in the coming weeks. Hopefully I’ll share some new artifacts authored by me.



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