Google Web Toolkit (GWT) on Karmic

31 Oct 2009

I wanted to try out a more recent version of GWT, it’s supposed to have support for mobile browsers as well as some other shiny stuff.

I installed Eclipse on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic), which is the most recent version (3.5.1). Google’s got a nice plugin that you can install in one place and it sets up templates, and installs the AppEngine SDK and the GWT SDK.

So far so good.

Unfortunately, when I try to run any application in Eclipse, I get this lovely message:

** Unable to load Mozilla for hosted mode **
java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: /home/sgraham/.eclipse/org.eclipse.platform_3.5.0_155965261/
libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

I guess there’s some binary version of Mozilla they’re using internally, but it’s built against an old shared stdc++ library that Karmic doesn’t ship anymore. libstdc++5 isn’t installable from the repos, but I just grabbed the .deb from the Jaunty page here and installed it.

And… all seems well now. I don’t really know if that has any adverse effects, but I haven’t noticed anything yet.