Restorable Views

Since Eclipse 3.4, the extension point allowing to define new views inside the workbench has a new attribute called restorable.

Here is the description for this attribute: “flag indicating whether this view allows to be restored upon workbench restart. If set to false, the view will not be open after a workbench restart. The default is true.”

This can be useful for views which content can’t be restored across workbench instances. In our case to “emulate” this behavior we had previously to listen for workbench closes and to programatically close the views that will not be restored.

As a result the following piece of code (that may causes errors !!!!) is replaced just by ONE XML line

private void closeMe() {
     Display.getDefault().syncExec(new Runnable() {
         public void run() {

PlatformUI.getWorkbench().addWorkbenchListener(new IWorkbenchListener() {
    public void postShutdown(IWorkbench workbench) {}
    public boolean preShutdown(IWorkbench workbench, boolean forced) {
       return true;


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