[Geany-devel] When is the scintilla component going to be updated?

Nick Treleaven nick.treleaven at xxxxx
Tue Aug 10 12:17:54 UTC 2010

On Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:02:30 +1000
Erik de Castro Lopo <mle+tools at mega-nerd.com> wrote:

> Erik de Castro Lopo wrote:
> > Anyone have any idea when the scintilla component is going to be
> > updated?
> I notice the documentation here:
>    http://www.geany.org/manual/hacking.html#syntax-highlighting
> says:
>    We won't accept adding a lexer that conflicts with one in
>    Scintilla. All new lexers should be submitted back to the
>    Scintilla project to save duplication of work.
> I agree with the idea of trying to avoid duplication of work. I
> would like to add syntax highlighting for LLVM but with Geany
> being out of sync with Scintilla I'm not sure where I should be
> working. If I do it in Geany then its lost when Geany updates
> its version of Scintilla and if I do it in Scintilla I have no
> easy way of testing it.

Normally it's not a problem, just work on Geany, then send a patch to
Scintilla. This may still work but you may want to avoid any lexer
properties ATM.

It is reasonable to delay updating a big change like the Scintilla lexer
changes, particularly as they are likely to introduce bugs. We may want
to make a 0.20 release without a possibly slightly broken Scintilla.

> On top of that myself and others are submitting patches to this
> mailing list and not even having them acknowledged by anyone
> with SVN commit access.
> I know this is an open source project run by volunteers who
> may not always have time free to work on the project (I am the
> author of two well known and widley used FOSS libraries).
> However, it would be nice if the Geany developers could do one
> or more of the following:
>   a) Say "I'm $too_busy_to_work_on_geany now. I will attend to
>      this on $date."

Enrico & I have said we're busy in some list mails.

The plan is to make a 0.19.1 release, then we'll start applying

>   b) Sort out the Scintilla issue as soon as possible and

See above.

>      document how the Scintilla files are brought into Geany.

Ask Enrico.

>   c) Give SVN access to people they trust who can review and
>      apply patches sent to this list.
>   d) Start a development branch where people can submit patches
>      and have them applied in a timely manner so other people
>      can try them out and comment on them.

Maybe. When we have time we'll need to look at these things.


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