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Re: best practices for TAGS

From: Bastian Beischer
Subject: Re: best practices for TAGS
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 19:39:19 +0100

I use etags-table which assigns TAGS files to my projects and GNU Make
rules to update the TAGS file when I run make... The suggested
algorithms to update it always might work better, though.

On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 12:29 AM, Xavier Noria <> wrote:
> I would basically like to have a workflow for the TAGS file that makes
> some assumptions, and thanks to them it works out of the box and it is
> always in sync.
> For example, define the current tags file as the first one you find
> from the current directory up the hierarchy, nil if none found.
> I'd like to define my own version of find-tag that looks for the
> current tags file as defined above.
> If the tags file is outdated, I'd like to run some shell command
> automatically and revisit it, then do the find-tag.
> No prompts whatsoever. If I find myself in a situation where the
> conventions do not hold, I'll resort to the builtin functions.
> You see, I'd like that find-tag and friends do automatically what
> makes sense in 99% of my projects and be always in sync without my
> intervention.
> Does anybody work use a worflow like that?

Bastian Beischer

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