[Geany-Devel] [FT-plugins] Proposed "Features"

Thomas Martitz kugel at xxxxx
Thu Sep 1 04:57:28 UTC 2016

Am 01.09.2016 um 02:50 schrieb Matthew Brush:
> I don't think they'll usually require a "build system" per se, but 
> they definitively need to be told how to compile the code where 
> applicable.
> For libpython, I don't think it needs any flags. For libvala IIRC and 
> libclang (if not using compile_commands.json) they require the `argv` 
> you'd pass to the compiler itself. It may very well be possible for 
> ft-plugins using libraries with the `argv` approach to just grab the 
> compile command from Geany's build commands and convert it back into 
> an `argv` array or something. 

Not sure how you use Geany, but I never set the cc command line for 
individual files. I never type CFLAGS or CXXFLAGS into Geany's build 

Actually most of the time I don't set up the build system at all and 
alt-tab to a terminal where I use my employers crazy build system which 
uses make under the hood but can't be used from within Geany properly.

Then, some other time (e.g. for compiling Geany) I sometimes use the 
make command. But obviously Geany only knows that running "make" builds 
something. It doesn't have enough information to construct a compiler 
command line.

Some other time again I'm working on cross compiled projects. Here I 
again don't usually use Geany's build system support, but if I would it 
would run (e.g.) avr-gcc, with avr-gcc specific compiler flags, not 
known to clang (is there even a clang port for avr? I don't think so).

So a ft-plugin that only works if a file can be compiled is likely to be 
unworkable for me. It needs to deal with when it can't build the source 
files (either because of lacking *FLAGS or because the target isn't 
supported by the compiler). Likewise, if a ft-plugin only supports x86 
(i.e. is arch dependent) it's not interesting to me.

There is also the possibility that the file I'm editing is not compiled 
at all with the current build settings, e.g. win32.c.

How would you deal with all that? The ft-plugin has to do something in 
such situations doesnt it?

Best regards.

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