Issues with the Eclipse Projects and Files


  • Opening a COBOL project in Visual COBOL modifies the .cobolProj file. Once modified the .cobolProj file is no longer backward compatible with older versions of Visual COBOL. This prevents you from opening the same projects in earlier versions of Visual COBOL.
    Note: Micro Focus recommend that you backup your .cobolProj file before opening projects created in earlier versions of Visual COBOL.


  • On machines with screen resolution higher than 1920x1080, you can sometimes receive an error message when you try to open a COBOL copybook in the editor - "Editor could not be initialized. org.eclipse.swt.SWTException: Graphic is disposed". To work around this issue, Micro Focus recommends that you set the display resolution to one which is lower than 1920x1080.

Symbolic files

  • Modifying the target of a symbolically linked COBOL source file does not force a recompile of the program when refreshed in the Eclipse IDE. In addition, if the file is open in an editor while the target linked source file is edited then the changes are not automatically refreshed in the editor. Micro Focus recommends that you do not use symbolically linked files with Eclipse projects.
    Note: This applies to both Windows and UNIX environments.