Buildship can not find dependency; Gradle can


(Mike Brooks) #1

I have buildship 1.0.12 installed in eclipse. When I run the build.gradle from a windows command prompt, it completes successfully. When I try to run it by highlighting my build.gradle and using “run configurations” it fails because it says it cannot find tools.jar. Prior to running the jar task I print the dependencies and it shows the tools.jar file.

Gradle User Home: C:\Users\Mike.gradle
Gradle Distribution: Gradle wrapper from target build
Gradle Version: 2.12
Java Home: C:\Java
JVM Arguments: None
Program Arguments: None
Gradle Tasks: clean eclipse printDependencies jar

. . . .
:compileJava FAILED

FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

  • What went wrong:
    Execution failed for task ‘:compileJava’.

Could not find tools.jar

  • Try:
    Run with --stacktrace option to get the stack trace. Run with --info or --debug option to get more log output.


tools.jar IS located in C:\Java\jdk1.8.0_77\lib

Any ideas on what could be my issue?

(Stefan Oehme) #2

Hi Mike,

the tools.jar does not belong on your dependency list. It is not one of your dependencies, it is the compiler.

You are probably running Eclipse with a JRE instead of a JDK. Buildship starts Gradle with the same runtime that Eclipse uses by default. There are several solutions you can go for, but the simplest is this one:

In your ~/.gradle/, set the property. This will ensure that Gradle uses this Java installation no matter from where it is started. See the user guide for more information