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1 README for the eric4 IDE
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3 Installation
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5 Installing eric4 is a simple process. Just execute the install.py script
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6 (type python install.py -h for some help). Please note that the installation
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7 has to be performed using the administrators account (i.e. root on linux).
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8 This installs a wrapper script in the standard executable directory
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9 (default: /usr/local/bin on linux) called eric4.
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11 If you want to uninstall the package just execute the uninstall script. This
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12 gets rid of all installed files. In this case please send an email to the
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13 below mentioned address and tell me your reason. This might give me a hint on
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14 how to improve eric4.
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16 If the required packages (Qt4, QScintilla2, sip and PyQt4) are not installed,
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17 please get them and install them in the following order (order is important).
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19 1. Install Qt4
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21 2. Build and install sip
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23 3. Build and install QScintilla2
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25 4. Build and install PyQt4
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27 5. Build and install QScintilla2 Python bindings
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29 6. Install eric4
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31 If you want to use the interfaces to other supported software packages, you may
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32 install them in any order and at any time.
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34 Installation of translations
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36 Translations of the eric4 IDE are available as separate downloads. There
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37 are two ways to install them.
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39 The first possibility is to install them together with eric4. In order
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40 to do that, simply extract the downloaded archives into the same place
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41 as the eric4 archive and follow the installation instructions above.
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43 The second possibility is to install them separately. Extract the
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44 downloaded archives and execute the install-i18n.py script (type
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45 python install-i18n.py -h for some help). This way you can make the
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46 translations available to everybody or just to the user executing the
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47 installation command (if using the -p switch).
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49 Running
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51 Just call up eric4, which will start the IDE. Use the "what is"-help
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52 (arrow with ?) to get some help. Sorry, there is no documentation yet.
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53 To start the unit test module in a standalone variant simply call up
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54 eric4-unittest. This will show the same dialog (though with a little bit less
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55 functionality) as if started from within eric4. The helpviewer can be
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56 started as a standalone program by executing the eric4-helpviewer script.
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58 Please note, the first time you start eric4 it will recognize, that it
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59 hasn't been configured yet and will show the configuration dialog.
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60 Please take your time and go through all the configuration items.
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61 However, every configuration option has a meaningful default value.
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63 Tray starter
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65 eric4 comes with a little utility called "eric4-tray". This embeds an icon
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66 in the system tray, which contains a context menu to start eric4 and all
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67 it's utilities. Double clicking this icon starts the eric4 IDE.
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69 Autocompletion/Calltips
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71 eric4 provides an interface to the QScintilla auto-completion and calltips
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72 functionality. QScintilla2 comes with API files for Python and itself. PyQt4
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73 contains an API file as well. These are installed by default, if the correct
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74 installation order (see above) is followed. An API file for eric4 is
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75 installed in the same place.
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77 In order to use autocompletion and calltips in eric4 please configure these
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78 functions in the "Preferences Dialog" on the "Editor -> APIs",
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79 "Editor -> Autocompletion" and "Editor -> Calltips" pages.
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81 Remote Debugger
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83 In order to enable the remote debugger start eric4, open the preferences
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84 dialog and configure the settings on the debugger pages.
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86 The remote login must be possible without any further interaction (i.e.
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87 no password prompt). If the remote setup differs from the local one you
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88 must configure the Python interpreter and the Debug Client to be used
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89 in the Preferences dialog. eric4 includes two different versions of the
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90 debug client. DebugClient.py is the traditional debugger and
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91 DebugClientThreads is a multithreading variant of the debug client.
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92 Please copy all needed files to a place accessible through the Python path
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93 of the remote machine and set the entries of the a.m. configuration tab
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94 accordingly.
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96 Passive Debugging
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98 Passive debugging mode allows the startup of the debugger from outside
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99 of the IDE. The IDE waits for a connection attempt. For further details
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100 see the file README-passive-debugging.txt
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102 Plugin System
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104 eric4 contains a plugin system, that is used to extend eric4's
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105 functionality. Some plugins are part of eric4. Additional plugins
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106 are available via the Internet. Please use the built in plug-in
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107 repository dialog to get a list of available (official) plugins
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108 and to download them. For more details about the plug-in system
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109 please see the documentation area.
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111 Interfaces to additional software packages
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113 At the moment eric4 provides interfaces to the following software
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114 packages.
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116 Qt-Designer
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117 This is part of the Qt distribution and is used to generate user
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118 interfaces.
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120 Qt-Linguist
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121 This is part of the Qt distribution and is used to generate translations.
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123 Qt-Assistant
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124 This is part of the Qt distribution and may be used to display help files.
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126 Subversion
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127 This is another version control system available from
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128 <subversion.tigris.org>. It is meant to be the successor of CVS.
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129 Eric4 supports two different Subversion interfaces. One is using
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130 the svn command line tool, the other is using the PySvn Python
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131 interface <pysvn.tigris.org>. The selection is done automatically
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132 depending on the installed software. The PySvn interface is prefered.
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133 This automatism can be overridden an a per project basis using
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134 the "User Properties" dialog.
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135
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136 coverage.py
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137 This is a tool to check Python code coverage. A slightly modified
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138 version is part of the eric4 distribution. The original version is
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139 available from <www.nedbatchelder.com/code/modules/coverage.html>
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141 tabnanny
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142 This is a tool to check Python code for white-space related problems. It
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143 is part of the standard Python installation.
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144
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145 profile
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146 This is part of the standard Python distribution and is used to profile
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147 Python source code.
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148
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149 cyclops
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150 This is a tool to detect variable cycles which can cause the garbage
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151 collector being unable to do his job.
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152
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153 Interfaces to additional software packages via plugins
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155 Some of the interfaces provided as plugins are as follows.
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156
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157 CVS
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158 This is a version control system available from <www.cvshome.org>.
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160 pylint
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161 This is a tool to check the source code according to various rules.
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162 It is available from <http://www.logilab.org/projects/pylint>.
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164 cx_Freeze
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165 This is a tool for packaging Python programs. It is available from
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166 <http://starship.python.net/crew/atuining/cx_Freeze>
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167
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168 Internationalization
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170 eric4 and it's tools are prepared to show the UI in different
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171 languages, which can be configured via the preferences dialog. The Qt and
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172 QScintilla translations are searched in the translations directory given
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173 in the preferences dialog (Qt page). If the translations cannot be found,
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174 some part of the MMI might show English texts even if you have selected
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175 something else. If you are missing eric4 translations for your language
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176 and are willing to volunteer for this work please send me an email naming
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177 the country code and I will send you the respective Qt-Linguist file.
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179 Window Layout
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181 eric4 provides different window layouts. In these layouts, the shell window
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182 and the file browser may be embedded or be separat windows. The first layout
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183 uses dock windows and the last one provides independant windows.
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185 Source code documentation
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187 eric4 has a built in source code documentation generator, which is
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188 usable via the commandline as well. For further details please see
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189 the file README-eric4-doc.txt
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190
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191 License
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192
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193 eric4 (and the others) is released under the conditions of the GPL. See
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194 separate license file for more details. Third party software included in
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195 eric4 is released under their respective license and contained in the
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196 eric4 distribution for convenience.
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197
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198 Bugs and other reports
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199
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200 Please send bug reports, feature requests or contributions to eric bugs address.
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201 After the IDE is installed you can use the "Report Bug..." entry of the Help menu.
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202 This will send a message to <eric4-bugs@die-offenbachs.de>

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