LogWatcher is the kind of open-source Eclipse plugin that enables hooking a view of a certain log file to the Eclipse IDE. It comes in handy for open-source AXDT Flash development plugin of Eclipse that currently (at version 0.0.7.1) doesn't have a built-in debugger and is yet to receive it in milestone 0.1.0.

In order to deploy LogWatcher for Flash debugging follow the below steps:

  1. Make sure Flash Player Debugger is installed. If not, download it. Debug player is installed if the right-click menu on a Flash content has the Debugger option.
  2. Enable Flash Player Debugger logging to the file:
    1. Locate mm.cfg in your home directory:
      1. /Users/username/mm.cfg on Mac
      2. C:\Documents and Settings\username\mm.cfg on Windows
      3. /home/username/mm.cfg on Linux
    2. Open it and ensure that mm.cfg has
      ErrorReportingEnable=1
      TraceOutputFileEnable=1
  3. Download LogWatcher plugin for Eclipse from SourceForge
  4. Unpack the zip file and copy the org.graysky.eclipse.logwatcher_x.x.x.x folder to plugins folder of your Eclipse installation
  5. Restart Eclipse
  6. Choose Window > Show View > Other > Log Files > LogWatcher to open the view
  7. In the LogWatcher view, locate the Create New Watcher button and click it
  8. For Select a file to watch locate the path to flashlog.txt:
    1. /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/Logs/flashlog.txt on Mac
    2. C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\Logs\flashlog.txt on Windows
    3. /home/username/macromedia/Flash_Player/Logs/flashlog.txt on Linux

There are many alternatives to LogWatcher that work outside Eclipse, e.g. Arthropod and De MonsterDebugger offering a more comprehensive debugging functionality. More about them and the AXDT plugin in future posts.

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