After some years of no real updates, beside the brave work of Dominik, a new kate-editor.org is launched.
It will be used to aggregate the blogs of the Kate developers and provide information about current development in Kate/KWrite/KatePart and guides for users.
Hope more people join the effort to once again provide a constant stream of up-to-date information.
I’ve added a new plugin to kdesdk/kate/plugin: a backtrace browser. It’s meant for developers and probably of no use for users. What does it do? It shows a backtrace delivered by gdb in a listview in a Kate toolview. Clicking on an item opens the selected file and jumps to the correct line number. It works for backtraces generated on your own machine, but it will also work for backtraces from other people, i.e. with /home/dummy/qt-copy/…/qwidget.cpp will still be found on other machines. For that to work, you have to index the directories where the source code is located.
Sometimes there are several files with the same name, e.g.
To pick the right choice, the plugin picks the last two parts of the url, in this case this would be
and then usually finds the correct one. Indexing trunk/KDE and branches/KDE/4.1 of course will lead to a clash, now way to fix it. Maybe I could present a list of valid files to the user and let the user pick the right one. I don’t think that’s necessary though for now.
How to configure
- Enable the plugin: go to Settings > Configure Kate > Application Plugins and enable ‘Kate Backtrace Browser’
- A config page appeared, so click on it and add the directories containing the source code
- Clicking OK will start indexing. It will take some time (the index of kdesupport + kdelibs + kdepimlibs + kdebase + kdesdk + playground/plasma + plasma-addons + kdevplatform + kdegraphics is about 6MB)
When indexing is finished, open the toolview “Backtrace Browser”. Now you can load a backtrace from the clipboard (e.g. when you clicked “Copy to Clipboard” in Dr. Konqi) or from a file.
Hope it’s useful
Thanks to Frank we have a dedicated section for Kate Highlighting files on kde-files.org now. We encourage everyone to publish their .xml files there. The Kate team agreed to add more highlighting files to the official Kate releases, though, as long as they are of general use. For KDE4 we plan to have a section for Kate Indentation scripts, too. But that’s content for another blog, which will follow later
Two years ago we had the KDE conference in Ludwigsburg, Germany. At that time, Martijn Klingens committed a patch to show trailing spaces in Kate. I just change the visualization a bit, the change is in for KDE4 Tabs are marked with a ‘»’ character, and spaces with a dot. On the left you can see the old and on the right the new version; Here is a screenshot: