Smart End

Since KDE 3.5.4 Kate Part supports “smart end“. Right now it behaves like this when pressing “end”:

  1. go to last non-space character
  2. go to the last character (i.e. hit end twice)

I’m writing this blog to get feedback about what’s the right/expected behaviour. Is it as described above, or should we first go to the very last character, and to the last non-space only when hitting then end-key twice?

Feedback along with why you prefer solution A or B is welcome!

Kate: Shortcomings of .kateconfig file

Assume you have a .kateconfig file optimized for C++ code that replaces tabs on save. Now you open a Makefile that contains tabs (due to its strict syntax). If you save the Makefile in kate, the tabs then are replaced which results in a corrupted Makefile.

In other words: The .kateconfig file applies to every file. It lacks mimetype/extension support and thus can lead to unwanted behaviours.

So if you use a .kateconfig file, keep that in mind 🙂 Maybe we should simply use modelines in the h/cpp files for now.

Indentation and Coding Style

kdelibs will have coding style conventions. In general. this is not a bad idea. Our 45528 slocs in KatePart all use a consistent indent-width of 2 spaces. Changing this does not really make sense – ok, if svn praise -w (sure, we never need svn blame in our code 😉 finally works, we can discuss this again.

In other words: How “consistent” will kdelibs get with this new conventions? The interesting part of Zack’s mail is

[…] No exceptions. Either everything or nothing

While everything would really be cool, in truth it’s not possible to achieve, is it? We will have exceptions or rather violations, I’m pretty sure 🙂

Some developers already start adding katepart modelines to their souce code. For those who don’t know yet: You also can simply use a single .kateconfig file, which is the equivalent to emacs dir config files. You just have to make sure to set the search depth for a .kateconfig file to – let’s say – 3. Do this in

Settings > Configure Kate… > Open/Save

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