How to update Eclipse from 2018-09 to 2018-12
See Eclipse FAQ - Always enable major upgrades:
To always enable major upgrades of your IDE once and for all:
- from the Available Software Sites preference page
- enable the Latest Eclipse release
http://download.eclipse.org/releases/latestrepository by ticking the checkbox.
- Apply and Close
- Check for updates
The similar workflow can be used to hide and disable automatic proposal of major upgrades.
To my knowledge, the update site
http://download.eclipse.org/releases/latest exists since Eclipse Photon (4.8) in Window > Preferences: Install/Update > Available Software Sites but is not checked by default.
If you want to change the default of this preference, vote for or comment on Eclipse bug 539281 - Enable http://download.eclipse.org/releases/latest by default.
The two advantages of using the Eclipse Installer over the direct installation of one or more IDE packages are:
- The Eclipse Installer saves disk space when installing multiple IDE packages (by using a shared pool for the plug-ins of all IDE packages)
- The Eclipse Installer makes it easier to contribute to an Eclipse project (advanced mode).