[Geany-Devel] Compiler tab suggestions

Lex Trotman elextr at xxxxx
Sat Jan 11 10:28:42 UTC 2014

On 11 January 2014 21:00, Thomas Martitz <kugel at rockbox.org> wrote:

> Am 11.01.2014 10:35, schrieb Lex Trotman:
>  Hi All,
>> Two ideas for the Compiler tab open for consideration:
>> 1) Since both C/C++ compilers (g++, clang++) now output little ^
>> characters which are supposed to point to the place where they got
>> confused, I suggest that the compiler tab use a (real) monospace font
>> by default, so the ^ is in the intended place.
> Not sure is the ^ really useful to us in geany? I'm not sure because
> clicking on the line moves the editor to that location anyway.

Yes clicking goes to the line, but doesn't indicate the column, which is
what ^ does.

It would be better if it *did* go to the column but that needs focus forced
to the editing widget to show the new cursor position.  Focussing by
clicking unfortunately makes the cursor go where you click :)

I just (belatedly) checked and there is PR #191 and patch #11 both
purporting to handle column numbers, not sure of their status.

#191 is quite big but on quick glance I didn't actually see where the
column was handled, and sf is so slow I ran out of patience looking for the
patch 11.

>  2) After a compile, the tab should be scrolled back to the top since,
>> AFAIK, most people clear up reported errors from the first to the last
>> so they can identify and skip consequential errors caused by a prior
>> compile error.
> No, not to the top. If anything to the first error, but staying at the
> bottom is just fine. Compiler errors usually happen at the end so if you
> scroll to the top you might have to scroll all the way down again. This
> might be a lot to scroll for large projects where hundreds of files
> compiled successfully before the first error. FWIW, I usually fix compile
> errors in no specific order (usually I fix the first line, upwards from the
> bottom, where I can distinguish an error from a warning).

Yes agree, first error would be best.


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