Unable To Use IntelliJ Ultimate and Community Edition Side By Side Any Longer

Hello There,

I work in a couple of different code bases-- one is a Grails codebase, and the other is a Scala codebase.  They interact with each other, and as such, my workflow typically involves working on them both at the same
time, or looking up information about one for the other, etc.  My workflow in the past has always been to have them both open when I'm working back and forth-- I use CE for the Scala code base, and Ultimate for the Grails code base.

I'm not exactly sure when this behavior started happening, but I'm no longer able to have both my registered copy of IntelliJ ultimate open at the same time as IntelliJ Community Edition.  I would guess it started happening sometime around me updating to 14.1.2 with Ultimate.  I'm running the current EAP with CE.

I'm not really excited about messing with my settings too much, but here is how I'm able to reproduce it:

1. Install current versions of Ultimate and Community Edition
2. Run Ultimate
3. Run CE.. it won't start.

You can reverse the order too.. run CE first, then Ultimate won't start.

Are there any workarounds for this or anything else I can do?  I prefer to keep the Scala and Grails IDE's isolated because both are customized and configured separately, and CE is faster without all of the plugins when I'm working in Scala.

Thanks,

- Brandon

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Are there any error messages?

Does it start with idea.bat file instead of idea.exe?

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No error messages are presented on the screen at least.  Here is what I found in the logs though when I tried to start the second IDE:


5/5/15 12:23:25.531 PM idea[24627]: Value of IDEA_JDK: (null)
5/5/15 12:23:25.546 PM idea[24627]: fullFileName is: /Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 14 EAP.app/Contents/bin/idea.vmoptions
5/5/15 12:23:25.546 PM idea[24627]: fullFileName exists: /Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 14 EAP.app/Contents/bin/idea.vmoptions
5/5/15 12:23:25.547 PM idea[24627]: Value of IDEA_VM_OPTIONS is (null)
5/5/15 12:23:25.547 PM idea[24627]: Processing VMOptions file at /Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 14 EAP.app/Contents/bin/idea.vmoptions
5/5/15 12:23:25.547 PM idea[24627]: Done
5/5/15 12:23:25.547 PM idea[24627]: Processing VMOptions file at /Users/bharper/Library/Preferences/IntelliJIdea14/idea.vmoptions
5/5/15 12:23:25.547 PM idea[24627]: No content found
5/5/15 12:23:25.547 PM idea[24627]: Processing VMOptions file at
5/5/15 12:23:25.548 PM idea[24627]: No content found
5/5/15 12:23:28.329 PM com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.jetbrains.intellij-EAP.148564[24627]) Service exited with abnormal code: 6


Sorry, I should have also mentioned that I'm on a Mac running Yosemite.

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Hi Brandon,

May I ask you to do the following please:

1. run the command in terminal: export IDEA_LAUNCHER_DEBUG
2. run CE in terminal too
3. provide an output here please.

Thanks!
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Sorry for the late reply.  Here is what was output when I followed your directions:


➜  MacOS  ./idea
2015-05-12 09:24:04.123 idea[12927:263143] Value of IDEA_JDK: (null)
2015-05-12 09:24:04.139 idea[12927:263152] fullFileName is: /Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 14.app/Contents/bin/idea.vmoptions
2015-05-12 09:24:04.139 idea[12927:263152] fullFileName exists: /Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 14.app/Contents/bin/idea.vmoptions
2015-05-12 09:24:04.140 idea[12927:263152] Value of IDEA_VM_OPTIONS is (null)
2015-05-12 09:24:04.140 idea[12927:263152] Processing VMOptions file at /Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 14.app/Contents/bin/idea.vmoptions
2015-05-12 09:24:04.140 idea[12927:263152] Done
2015-05-12 09:24:04.140 idea[12927:263152] Processing VMOptions file at /Users/bharper/Library/Preferences/IntelliJIdea14/idea.vmoptions
2015-05-12 09:24:04.141 idea[12927:263152] No content found
2015-05-12 09:24:04.141 idea[12927:263152] Processing VMOptions file at
2015-05-12 09:24:04.141 idea[12927:263152] No content found
/Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 14.app/Contents/bin/idea.properties: 'java.endorsed.dirs' already defined
➜  MacOS

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