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This is “yet” another interface to cscope tool ( for emacs.

It provides the same information as its backend cscope :

  • what functions are calling a function
  • where is a global symbol
  • what is the calling hierarchy of a function



  1. Download rscope.el
  2. Evaluate it
    • (load “rscope.el”)

Source browsing

Once loaded, each C/C++ file will be offered all the “C-C s” key prefix bindings, providing access to the rscope functions.

You can experiment by :

  1. Have a cscope database generated somewhere
  2. Load a C file
  3. Use a command, for example type “C-c s g”

Global keys launching source browsing

All keybindings use the “C-c s” prefix:

C-c s sFind symbol.
C-c s =Find assignments to this symbol
C-c s dFind global definition.
C-c s gFind global definition (alternate binding).
C-c s cFind functions calling a function.
C-c s CFind called functions (list functions called from a function).
C-c s tFind text string.
C-c s fFind a file.
C-c s hFind calling hierarchy of a function
C-c s nOpen rscope navigation tool

The Result buffer keys

  • Normal keystrokes :
    • Use “n” to navigate to next entry in results
    • Use “p” to navigate to previsous entry in results
    • Use ENTER bury result buffer and switch to the previewed entry
    • Use “q” to bury result buffer and switch to other window.
  • Advanced keystrokes:
    • Use SPACE to preview an entry
    • Use Ctr-ENTER to bury result buffer, and replace it by the selected entry
    • Use number <N> to develop current leaf’s subtree up to Nth level

The rscope-nav tool

rscope-nav-mode is a major mode to help viewing and manipulating rscope marker ring. It displays rscope markers from the newest to the oldest and provides the following bindings:

nNext entry
pPrevious entry
qQuit window
kKill current entry
KFlush marker ring
sSet current entry as the newest one. All newer entries are deleted
ENTERGoto current entry
Shift-ENTERGoto current entry in the same window
SPACEPreview current entry


It is born to challenge its cousins :

  • xscope
  • ascope
  • bscope

The main advantages of this interface WRT to its elders are :

  • cscope process are spwaned only once for a give cscope.out
  • multiple cscope database are allowed
  • automatic cscope database is provided
  • previews of results
  • buffer number limitation (ie. close preview buffers, close buffers with pop-mark when they haven’t been touched)

Once one of the cousins will have achieved the same functionnalities, it will slip in slumber.

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