[Lazarus] Lazarus config woes
DrDiettrich1 at aol.com
Fri Apr 1 05:46:30 CEST 2011
Mattias Gaertner schrieb:
> > Searching for config files in the exe dir (even if done) doesn't solve
> > the first issue, as there may not be any config files in that directory
> > to start with.
> Then the IDE creates defaults.
Where is that default config created, in the primary or secondary config
> Since 0.9.29 packages in the Lazarus directory are stored relative.
> Changing the Lazarus directory will load the lpk files of the new
> Lazarus directory.
Does it really make sense to use a Lazarus directory, different from the
one the IDE was built from?
If not, the build-path could be stored in the IDE, so that the Lazarus
Directory must not normally be specified, and the IDE can use the
correct directory automatically (variation of the EXE directory approach).
A bit more detailed: the Lazarus Directory (in the config) could be made
automatic, by adding a checkbox "Use this Lazarus directory". When
unchecked, the IDE uses the Lazarus directory from which it was built
(and shows the selected path in the options dialog). In the rare cases
where the Lazarus directory has been moved, this option can be used to
specify the new directory, to be used in the next IDE rebuild.
The checkbox could be initialized automatically, to unchecked when a
valid config was found, and to checked when an invalid config was
detected. No need to store this new option in the config.
> I added a check for the ide/version.inc.
> Configs from another version are quietly loaded and updated.
What exactly is updated?
(also see above suggestion)
Does this update permanently affect the stored config?
> Maybe a check could be added to warn if the environmentoptions.xml is
> from a future Lazarus with two options: Quit and continue.
This problem suggests to use versioned configs, at least in the default
config location, using the ide/version.inc. Then the config also could
be splitted, into an common part in the config root directory itself
(user preferences), and extensions or otherwise config/build specific
settings in the version subdirectories.
> > IMHO for example any error about installed/not found packages at start
> > up, could also offer to run the setup dialog again (and point out which
> > config is used / warn about a potential conflict)
IMO such a repair feature should be built into the IDE, so that it can
be used even without an installer (which might be unavailable or may
repeat the wrong initial configuring). It might become part of the
startlazarus application as well...
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