[Qt-creator] Nim: Advice for handling run configurations

André Pönitz apoenitz at t-online.de
Sun Mar 22 15:41:06 CET 2020

On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 01:29:16PM +0100, Filippo Cucchetto wrote:
> Hi,
> i would need some advises in how to properly handle run configurations
> for Nimble.
> i will start describing how i would like it to be and then the current
> state in 4.12 branch.
> Desired behavior:
> 1) A Run configuration should be created automatically each time a new
> "binary" is specified in the ".nimble" project file.
> The run configuration should basically call the executable build by
> nimble. The end user should always find this run configuration
> available.
> 2) Optionally i would like to create automatically a run configuration
> in case there are no binaries. This is the case of
> a Nimble library (something that doesn't produce a binary). The end
> user should be able to delete it or recreate whenever he/she wants.
> Current state:
> 1) The NimbleBuildSystem calls the setApplicationTargets() with the
> binaries obtained by inspecting the ".nimble" file. Updating the
> ApplicationTargets in turn stimulate the creation of one or more
> NimbleRunConfiguration.
> 2) For (2) i created a new NimbleTestRunConfiguration that is always
> created since creationMode is AlwaysCreate. This has the drawback to
> appear also in
> Nimble binary applications and furthermore it is listed has the first
> run configuration (this is annoying for users that created a binary
> application).
> Obviously the current situation doesn't fulfill (2) correctly.
> Possible workaround/solutions
> A) Override NimbleTestRunConfiguration::availableCreators and set the
> RunConfigurationCreationInfo::creationMode to "Manually".
> This makes the "Nimble Run configuration" optional but i don't get it
> for free when the user create a library application.
> B) Completely remove NimbleTestRunConfiguration and in the
> NimbleBuildSystem add a target for running the tests
> Any tip?

B) sounds good, assuming BuildTargetInfo is good enough to carry all
the information you need. 


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