[Geany-Devel] Querying current file and cursor location

Steven Blatnick steve8track at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 17 16:15:22 UTC 2013

I'm new too, but the first time I submitted something, they took a patch 
I attached to an email sent to this mailing list.  Subsequent 
submissions, I signed up for a github account and forked geany and 
geany-plugins.  Using git hub, changes can be submitted through a "pull 
request".  I also signed up to SourceForge for submitting bugs.

Here is where I read about the process: 

So far I've found the people on this project have been helpful and 
friendly compared to my minor previous experiences with open source 

Welcome :-)

Steven Blatnick

On 01/17/2013 06:17 AM, Thomas Young wrote:
> Hello,
> I've hacked a small change into Geany locally, to help with 
> integration with gdb.
> Basically, what I've done is to add a '--print-location' command line 
> option, which essentially just duplicates the functionality of the 
> existing '--list-documents' option (through main.c/h and socket.c/h), 
> but with the actual string generation bit that corresponds to 
> build_document_list() changed to the following:
> static gchar *build_location(void)
> {
>     GString *location = g_string_new(NULL);
>     const gchar *filename;
>     gint pos, line, col;
>     GeanyDocument *doc = document_get_current();
>     if(doc)
>     {
>         filename = DOC_FILENAME(doc);
>         pos = sci_get_current_position(doc->editor->sci);
>         line = sci_get_line_from_position(doc->editor->sci, pos);
>         col = sci_get_col_from_position(doc->editor->sci, pos);
>         g_string_append_printf(location, "%s:%d:%d", filename, line + 
> 1, col);
>         g_string_append_c(location, '\n');
>     }
>     return g_string_free(location, FALSE);
> }
> So what the overall change does then is basically to allow you to 
> query for the currently selected file, and current cursor location 
> within that file, from outside of geany, like so:
> thomas at MS-7752 ~ $ geany --print-location
> /home/thomas/Downloads/geany_git/src/socket.c:600:33
> I can then use this in a python command within gdb (running completely 
> separately within a terminal) to set break points for positions 
> selected in files in Geany within having to actually type the whole 
> filename and line number bit each time.
> This was based on the nightly build for January 17th, and seems to be 
> working correctly.
> Should I submit a patch for this change?
> If so, how?
> (Not used to this whole open source malarky!)
> I got the nightly build archive instead of using git, but I have 
> copies of the source archive both before and after the change.
> Is it possible for this change (or something similar) to be included 
> in the Geany mainline?
> Best regards,
> Thomas
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