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How to jump directly to a filename and line number given in a text file.

How to jump from within a logfile or some error output to a text location shown
on screen by a single key press, with a Freeware tool for Windows and Linux/Mac.

After download, run the tool by double click, then click on Open
and select a directory from which you want to load all text files.
All ASCII text files from that folder will be loaded, like all
.txt, .ini, .html, readme or source code files.

It is expected that you also loaded some text that contains
(listings of) file locations, as it is often the case
in log files or some redirected error output.

goto filename and line number location

Point the mouse cursor onto the beginning of a text phrase
indicating a filename and line number, for example:

then press CTRL+X. DView will

-  extract the filename and line number.

-  search for the best matching filename within the
   target views PATH mask scope. if the source file
   (where you pressed CTRL+X) is also within that scope,
   it searches the matching file nearest to source.

-  if there is no matching file within the target PATH,
   it searches globally for a matching name nearest
   to the source file.

-  then DView jumps to the given line within the matching file:

If there is no line number given, dview will jump to the beginning
of the first matching file.

To see in detail what is happening, you may also activate
the trace mode, by a CONTROL+click on the message log button.

How to change the target view's PATH mask by CTRL+X:

   If you press CTRL+SHIFT+X, the source phrases' file name
   is directly copied into the target PATH, if there is
   any filename containing the word.

How to jump to a similar file location in a different target scope:

   Example: you have two views open, containing similar but not
   identical text, like two versions of a project.
   The first view has a PATH mask set like "myproj1".
   The second view has a PATH mask set like "myproj2".
   The first view shows a file "foobar.html".

   Then, if you point the mouse to blank space in the first view
   and press CTRL+X, it will jump in the second view to a file
   also named "foobar.html", but within the path "myproj2",
   to the same line number as in the first view.

Pro: compiler integration example

Depeche View Professional, the commercial edition of Depeche View,
can integrate command line compilers by scripting, which makes
the CTRL+X feature highly useful with output of those compilers.
For example, assume there is a C++ project with files like


With all files loaded in DView.
The project can be compiled on the command line by typing:

   cd \project

The you can integrate this in DView Pro the following way:

1. right click on "Setup" to edit the config file.

2. add:

on key f9
   set first.findmask = ""
   set first.pathmask = "zz-err.txt"
   first.runback -min "c:\project\zz-compile.bat"
   first.monitor "zz-err.txt" delay=300 maxwait=7000 show=bottom

3. save the changes.

4. on the command line, create another batch file
   which calls your original compile batch, but writing
   all console output to a file "zz-err.txt", like:

@rem ----- zz-compile.bat begin: -----

@echo off
cd \project
compile.bat >zz-err.txt 2>&1

@rem ----- zz-compile.bat end -----

5. test zz-compile.bat by typing


   make sure an output file "zz-err.txt" has been created,
   by typing

      type zz-err.txt

6. reenter DView. the changed config file should be loaded automatically.

7. Open / Append the file "C:\project\zz-err.txt" .

8. Make sure you have at least two views open.
   If not, right click on blank space to create another view.

9. Now, whenever you want to compile your project,
   activate the right side view, then press F9.
   this will

   -  locate the first view window to the file zz-err.txt
   -  run the compiler via zz-compile.bat
   -  display changes in the output file zz-err.txt,
      stopping if there are no changes over 7 seconds

   You may then see a compiler ouput in DView like

      c:\project\source\gui.cpp(10) : error C2065: 'mytest': missing

   Now simply point the mouse on "source\..." and press CTRL+X
   to let the right side view jump to the error location.

   If the filename "source/gui.cpp" exists multiple times in your project,
   DView will jump to the one

   -  found within the PATH scope of the target view

   -  and if zz-err.txt is also located in that scope,
      to the one nearest to zz-err.txt,
      with nearest meaning in the sequence of loaded files.

   In other words, if you compile more than one project under C:\project,
   using different compile batches in different folders, it may help
   to create different zz-err.txt files locally. After adding another
   compile batch and error file, it may help to close and re-open DView
   to load everything in the best sequence.

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