[Geany-devel] Annoying autocompletions

Matthew Brush mbrush at xxxxx
Mon Jun 6 05:50:25 UTC 2011

On 06/05/11 22:03, Lex Trotman wrote:
>> Would it be better to add a configurable keybinding to autocomplete so that
>> you can set it to something besides Return through the UI?  We already have
>> "Complete snippet" and "Word part completetion", it seems logical to have a
>> "Complete word" that does a similar action.  I guess the "Complete word"
>> binding would need to be renamed to something else, maybe "Toggle completion
>> list" or something.
> Hi Matthew,
> AFAIK "complete word" is the same basic behavior as return, but one
> happens in our code and one in Scintilla.

You would think, but it seems to just toggle the autocomplete list 
(maybe between a few lists).

> Its not that Geany defines return as autocomplete, it is the default
> GTK "activate menu item" key that makes Scintilla insert the current
> menu item and I can't find any way of changing it.  So the point was
> to remove the "imposed on us unwanted definition that can't be
> changed".  And the easiest way was just to cancel the menu before the
> key was processed.  Note SCI_AUTOCSETSTOPS seemed to work for anything
> except return :-(

I guess you tried "\n" in SCI_AUTOCSTOPS and checked in wasn't in 
SCI_AUTOCSETFILLUPS?  I've not played with either, just curious.  Might 
be worth asking on the scintilla-interest list.

>> Alternatively, what about checking to see if the caret is at the last
>> (non-whitespace?) position on the line as well to decide whether Return is
>> going to cancel auto-completion?
> The menu already autocancels on a whitespace so thats not needed. And
> if I press return I want to break the line so it now *is* the last
> position :-)  Otherwise return behavior is inconsistent and I think
> thats a bad thing (tm).

I meant (pseudo code):

function on_key_pressed()
     if (key_pressed == Enter &&
          caret_position == current_line.length - 1 &&
          autocomplete_list_is_showing == True)

Not sure if that would work on not.

Anyway, I've just gotten in the habit of using the space bar to cancel 
the list at the end of a line and then pressing Enter.  Since I have the 
trim trailing whitespace thing on, this works well.

Matthew Brush

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