Removing the Ant Configuration Selection in eclipse

When I updated to eclipse 3.2 I found a new irritating feature:

The problem:
The first time when selecting the Run As-> Ant build… on any of the ant tasks (targets) you have in your build.xml file, you get a window called “modify attributes and launch.”

After that any time you try to run an ant task (with or without the build…) you get an annoying “Ant Configuration Selection” window that makes the ant running process a click longer.

The solution:
From the top menu select run->External Tools-> External Tools… which will bring you to “create, manage, and run configurations” window, there delete all the pre-defined tasks under ant build (on the left bar of the window) and click “close”…
I found this workaround here:

I hope eclipse will provide a different mechanism that will work around this problem in their next release.

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Amir Shevat

Amir Shevat is the global Startup Outreach lead in Google Developer Relations ( Previously, Amir Led Google Campus Tel Aviv and was the co founder of several startups.

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10 Responses

  1. Heather says:

    You’re my hero!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Words cannot express how grateful I am to you for posting this!

  3. anonymous says:


  4. anonymous says:

    If you cant find the ant configurations that show up when a target is run, try changing the filters in ‘Launch Configuration Filters’.

    Sridhar Reddy,

  5. anonymous says:

    Thank you very much

  6. anonymous says:

    Thanks a ton

  7. anonymous says:

    Thanks, this REALLY helped me a lot!!

  8. anonymous says:

    This worked great!

  9. anonymous says:

    it was really annoying!..
    thank you :)

  10. anonymous says:

    Yeah it was extremely annoying.. I was about to jump out the window. And we’re on the third floor.

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