Eclipse not starting (no error message)

Recently, I had a strange behaviour with my Eclipse installation. I think the error occurred after I had to kill Eclipse due to some issue during a build. Afterwards Eclipse was unable to restore the workspace.

If you run into the same issue try these three things:

  1. Try to delete the following folder:
    <Workspace DIR>/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.resources/.snap
  2. If error still persists and using Eclipse 4 delete following file aswell:
    <Workspace DIR>/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.e4.workbench/workbench.xmi
  3. Create a new workspace and import projects. If you did set the broken workspace as default open the following file:
    <Eclipse Home>\configuration\.settings\org.eclipse.ui.ide.prefs

    In this file search for preference SHOW_WORKSPACE_SELECTION_DIALOG and set it to true.

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