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Syntax Highlighting and Other Editor Assistance
Included in this directory are some add-ins for making working on parrot (or in parrot) easier, for various popular editors. Mostly that means syntax-highlighting and automatic indenting. Read on to see what's available for your favorite editor. For a summary on what is available do cd editor && make help
By default calling
make vim-install in the editor/ directory will install several files in ~/.vim. You can use the variable
VIM_DIR on the command line by calling
make to choose a different target directory for the vim files.
make vim-install [VIM_DIR=/vim_files_target_directory]
All these files have the .vim extension. pir.vim (generated from pir_vim.in), pasm.vim, and pmc.vim are syntax files; indent_pir.vim is an indent plugin; and filetype_parrot.vim is a filetype script that tells vim to associate the extensions .pir, .pasm, and .pmc with the right syntax. The syntax files are installed to ~/.vim/syntax/; filetype_parrot.vim is installed to ~/.vim/parrot.vim; indent_pir.vim is copied to ~/.vim/indent/pir.vim. If you want indenting, you should also place
filetype indent on somewhere in your ~/.vimrc.
There is a syntax file for the KDE editor Kate, but it is not built by default. Run:
in editor/ to build it.
Copy the file imcc.xml to ~/.kde/share/apps/katepart/syntax.
Editing the Parrot VM source
In this directory is a parrot.el describing the c-mode and cperl-mode changes modifications required to edit the Parrot source code. To install the Parrot mode support copy parrot.el to a directory where Emacs looks for external packages and add the following to your ~/.emacs file:
Alternatively, if you're an active Parrot developer, you may wish to add this to your .emacs instead, to automatically track future changes:
Editing PASM source files
Included here is an Emacs mode for editing pasm files, in pasm.el.
To install the pasm major mode copy pasm.el to a directory where Emacs looks for external packages and add the following to your ~/.emacs file:
To automatically associate .pasm files with this major mode add:
(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist (cons "\\.pasm\\'" 'pasm-mode))
to your ~/.emacs or you can alternatively type
M-x pasm-modefor every file that you want to use the major mode in.
Additionally, you might want to add:
(add-hook 'pasm-mode-hook (function (lambda () (setq indent-tabs-mode nil))))
to ~/.emacs as this seems to prevent the odd behavior that is noted when using tabs in the pasm mode.
There is a script here to automatically generate a TAGS file, which works with Vim and other editors that recognize ctags-format files. Run
for Vim-compatible tags or
for Emacs-style tags. The tool "exuberant ctags" is required for both. There is also the
target which will work with older XEmacs etags (21.5*).