[Geany-devel] Proposed patch to fix issues with command line file loading

Eugene Arshinov earshinov at xxxxx
Fri Jan 28 08:31:21 UTC 2011

On Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:20:26 +0100%
weltall <weltall2 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I've noticed various issues with file loading from command line:
> 1) if the option load last session is not enabled project files can't
> be opened from command line: this happens because the code to handle
> them is wrapped in a prefs.load_lastsession if so the only way to
> load them from command line is having that option true.
> 2) trying to open a file (eg from double clicking in nautilus) will
> screw your session as command line loading of single files ignores
> your session opened files, except if geany was already opened.
> So to fix those issues I've reorganized the code in the
> load_startup_file function in order to:
> 1) load the project files ignoring the session if a project file was
> specified at command line
> 2) allow to load more files in addition to the project file (removing
> so the limitation imposed there artificially - possible improvement
> to this would be adding a flag to open_cl_files as argument in order
> to avoid that pointer toying)
> 3) the open_cl_files is called after loading the session so the
> specifically selected files are opened last and so are automatically
> selected (what you would expect when opening a file from nautilus)
> 4) if the option to load last session is not enabled and there isn't a
> project file being loaded from command line and a project is not being
> loaded we just try to load files from command line if any
> Stefano Angeleri

Just to mention, I had similar objections about a year ago when I wrote
my version of session management support (the list probably knows what
I'm talking about).  This was discussed a little, and some patches
were included in 'sm' branch.  For example, load_startup_files()
function in that branch differs significantly from trunk, and
open_cl_files() does not have a check for `argc <= 1`.  Geany's SVN
browse seems to be unavailable now, but I think it should be possible
there to view 'sm' branch.

It is harder to find the discussion than the patches themselves, but
here is a couple of links:

(X session management support)
(Questions about Geany project support)

I don't object against your patches, but I'm just pointing to existing
discussion which may be useful.  I must note that there are no plans
about including those patches from 'sm' branch in trunk (because
nobody would want/have time to do it, and it won't be quite easy as
'sm' branch has become rather diverse from trunk), so your way is
free :)


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