Importing settings toppled us into the Expired License level of Hades

I have a personal license for Idea. I was trying to show another programmer the virtues of using Idea for ruby development so he downloaded an evaluation copy.

I was pairing with him and we decided to import my settings so he could use my macros, keybindings, etc.. We imported using the default settings.

After the import, Idea relaunched and now every time it comes up we get the message "Your evaluation license expired. Idea will now shutdown" and it does just that. We get no opportunity to try to change the license or interact with Idea, it just shuts down. His evaluation license shouldn't even expire until May 31 according to the startup splash screen.

This whole thing is completely retarded. The popup dialog letting us know it's about to shutdown even has a firefox logo on it for no apparent reason.

The chances of me convincing this guy that Intellij Idea is a good IDE are rapidly waning.

WTF, JetBrains?

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Dav Yaginuma wrote:

After the import, Idea relaunched and now every time it comes up we
get the message "Your evaluation license expired. Idea will now
shutdown" and it does just that. We get no opportunity to try to
change the license or interact with Idea, it just shuts down. His
evaluation license shouldn't even expire until May 31 according to
the startup splash screen.

Have you tried deleting any .key files present in the config directory?
Maybe that would get you on to an evaluation license...

N.

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Hello Dav,

I have a personal license for Idea. I was trying to show another
programmer the virtues of using Idea for ruby development so he
downloaded an evaluation copy.

I was pairing with him and we decided to import my settings so he
could use my macros, keybindings, etc.. We imported using the default
settings.

After the import, Idea relaunched and now every time it comes up we
get the message "Your evaluation license expired. Idea will now
shutdown" and it does just that. We get no opportunity to try to
change the license or interact with Idea, it just shuts down. His
evaluation license shouldn't even expire until May 31 according to the
startup splash screen.

This whole thing is completely retarded. The popup dialog letting us
know it's about to shutdown even has a firefox logo on it for no
apparent reason.

The chances of me convincing this guy that Intellij Idea is a good IDE
are rapidly waning.

WTF, JetBrains?


This looks like a bug. As a workaround, try to import your settings to clean
IDEA config, and do not import the component "Code style schemes, File templates,
Code templates". For me importing this component trigger "license expiration".
(Maybe your problem is different, though.)

Alexander.


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We can't import anything, because we are not given the opportunity to interact with the Idea menus. We start Idea, it comes up, we get the shutdown popup and it shuts down. We've even trashed the application and reinstalled from DMG (this is OS X) and it changes nothing.

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Hello Dav,

I believe the key point in Alexander's suggestion was:



...try to import your settings to clean IDEA config, ...

From your post, I'm not sure if you did such. A reinstall does not delete the user configuration directories. And that is where licensing information is retained.

So what you'll need to do is either
1) delete (or move) the IDEA configuration directory (~/.IntelliJIdea70 by default); or
2) In the idea.properties file (<idea-install-dir>/bin/idea.properties), edit the following three properties to a point to empty directories)
a) idea.config.path
b) idea.system.path
c) idea.plugins.path

Hope that helps. Sorry to hear you're having problems, especially when trying to show someone else the joys of using IDEA. Hopefully he will understand that this is a bug (albeit a lousy one) in the licensing portion of IDEA and not the core functional area of IDEA. And as such still be willing to give IDEA a fair evaluation. Let us know how it goes.

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p.s. note that if you choose option 2, you'll need to edit the idea.properties file anytime you install a new version of IDEA since idea.properties gets overridden. I personally made ~/.IntelliJIdea70 a symlink on my system so I can change configuration directories as desired.

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