[Qt-creator] Ctrl+B start build => Ctrl+B start/stop build

Ziller Eike Eike.Ziller at theqtcompany.com
Thu Nov 19 11:28:38 CET 2015

> On Nov 18, 2015, at 8:57 PM, Cristian Tibirna <tibirna at kde.org> wrote:
> Hello
> Consulting the list before writing a feature request to bugreports:
> Currently I happen to do a lot of tentative building of fairly complex generic 
> C++ code that I kinda write in collaboration with the compiler ;-). This means 
> that very often I start a build that produces > 1K errors in a few seconds and 
> I rather prefer to stop it and fix some of these first errors before 
> continuing.
> Since I use almost exclusively the keyboard, I hit Ctrl+B to start a build. 
> Then, when I want to stop it, I have to hit Alt+B (that opens ... the Build 
> menu -- inefficient), make sure that "Cancel Build" item is highlighted and 
> hit Enter. This is 1) slow, 2) inelegant 3) feeling half-baked, 4) slow ;o)
> Would it be considered a useful improvement to have Ctrl+B mean "start build" 
> and, in the obvious situation when a build is in progress, mean "stop build"? 
> For this second occurrence, a small modal popup dialog should be displayed, 
> asking for confirmation (perhaps with the "Cancel stopping build" button 
> preselected ;-). Thus, without looking up from my build log (which is down at 
> the bottom of the screen), I could hit "Ctrl+B/Alt+O" (in which Alt+O is 
> contextual) to stop a build.

On Linux it looks like you can set Ctrl+B (or Ctrl+B,Ctrl+C for a “safer” variant) for “Cancel Build”.
Doesn’t work on OS X for some reason.
Does it work on Windows?

Br, Eike

> (NOTE: I know about being able to associate a keyboard shortcut to the "Cancel 
> Build" action with the Environment>Keyboard tool, but it's not the same thing: 
> it becomes difficult to find meaningful (easy to remember) key combinations 
> and the probability of inadvertent kerfuffle with combinations like Ctrl+B, 
> Ctrl+C is ... not inconsiderable).
> So?
> Thanks!
> -- 
> Cristian Tibirna
> KDE developer .. tibirna at kde.org .. http://www.kde.org
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