[Geany-devel] Exuberant Ctags Support

Matthew Brush mbrush at xxxxx
Mon May 30 01:49:22 UTC 2011

On 05/29/11 18:31, Lex Trotman wrote:
> On 30 May 2011 10:43, Matthew Brush<mbrush at codebrainz.ca>  wrote:
>> On 05/29/11 17:33, Jiří Techet wrote:
>>> On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 22:16, Matthew Brush<mbrush at codebrainz.ca>    wrote:
>>>> I think that would be best.  Tag manager isn't really a binary format,
>>>> but
>>>> there's no reason to use a format that you can't punch in on a normal
>>>> keyboard.
>>> The tags are saved in tm_tag_write() using code like
>>> fprintf(fp, "%c%d", TA_TYPE, tag->type);
>>> so the file contains binary representation of integers and other types
>>> so it is a binary format.
>> It contains ASCII textual representations of integers doesn't it?
> Not really, TA_TYPE is 204 and %c writes the character whose value is
> 204, assuming the system supports 8 bit characters I guess.

Yeah, maybe not in ASCII, but I wouldn't consider it "binary" anymore 
than any other zero-terminated text file containing chars > 127.  For 
example, Geany can open these files (as ISO-8859-1) and edit them.  Also 
it's not opened with "rb" mode, which I thought made a difference on 

Anyway, it's mostly semantics, everything is binary really.  The format 
is still non-standard and user-unfriendly.

Matthew Brush

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