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Eclipse and java5

Use Eclipse with java5:

  • Download a 3.1 Milestone
  • Add java5 to the installed jre’s (Window > Preferences > Java > Installed JRE’s)
  • Set the compiler compliance level to 5.0 (Window > Preferences > Java > Compiler)

Although it is said that Eclipse must pick up java5 by starting it with eclipse.exe -vm <path -to-jdk1.5-install>binjavaw.exe (you can check that with Help > About Eclipse Platform > Configuration Details) it worked fine for without that setting (maybe because java5 is my system’s default).

For me the third option did the trick.
This is the error message I got before changing that setting:
is not generic; it cannot be parameterized with arguments <string>
Syntax error, parameterized types are only available if source level is 5.0


  1. Marjon Hilberink April 4, 2006
  2. Ted Weatherly September 23, 2005
  3. Ted Weatherly September 23, 2005
  4. Stephan H. Wissel May 26, 2005