Mail Archives: djgpp/1995/09/24/05:25:31

Date: Sun, 24 Sep 1995 10:46:38 +0200 (IST)
From: Eli Zaretskii <eliz AT is DOT elta DOT co DOT il>
Cc: Paul Silver <psilver AT CIS DOT YSU DOT EDU>, djgpp AT sun DOT soe DOT clarkson DOT edu
Subject: Re: IDE for DJGPP?

On Fri, 22 Sep 1995 FRITZW AT URIACC DOT URI DOT EDU wrote:

> Yes, this has been a major concern of mine, too.  Sure, DJGPP is the BEST C/C++
> Compiler anywhere, but I still use Borlands IDE for my programming.  I think it
> would be a VERY worthwhile project to code a good IDE completely in GNU C and
> release it under the GNU or DJGPP licence.  No need to bother our good friends

What's wrong with DOS port of Emacs?  It *is* compiled with DJGPP, is 
under GNU GPL (i.e. free to use) and also exists under Unix/Linux, so you 
can switch environments and remain sane.

>    Documentation runs along the same lines.  Once DJGPP supports Win95, a Win95
> help format of the docs should be made.  Again, I'd be happy to help out
> anybody undertaking this project.

A converter is available from the Texinfo format used by GNU/DJGPP 
documentation to MSWin RTF format.  Somebody posted info about such a 
converter to this newsgroup (you can see it by searching the newsgroup 
archives on, see the FAQ for instructions on how to do 
this).  I assume it should be easy to convert RTF to HLP.

> it takes a lot longer to debug a GNU program then a Borland-compiled program,
> because, although the GNU debugger compares in capabilities, it is very
> difficult to learn (and I'm sick of typing 20 to 30 character variable and
> function names, where's my point and click interface? :) Again, I'd be happy to

While definitely not a substitute for point-and-click, GDB does have some 
help for typing long names.  It's called ``completion''.  You can look it 
up in the GDB docs, but in a nutshell: try typing part of a name, then 
press `?' (to see the possible names which start with what you typed) or 
TAB (GDB will complete the name as much as it can).

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