Eclipse CDT Setup For XBMC Development

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Rough starting page with notes on how to get development of Kodi Media Center up and running using Eclipse C/C++ Development Tooling (CDT)

Contents

1 Installing Eclipse CDT

Download the Eclipse IDE for C/C++ Developers from Eclipse Downloads. NOTE: there is a bug with Eclipse on Ubuntu Karmic Koala (9.10) where some of the GTK rendered buttons don't respond to a click. I can't believe this hasn't been fixed yet. Either Tab to focus the button and press Enter, or use the workaround noted in https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=291257.

Install the Subversive plugin by gaining inspiration from the out-of-date Eclipse Subversive Installation Documentation

Help -> Install New Software

Type subversive into the Work with text box. Choose the Subversive Site that appears.

Install Subversive Integration Plug-in's and Subversive Team Provider Plugin

Restart Eclipse

Install Subversive Connectors (dialog after restarting Eclipse)

Choose the appropriate SVNKit version. NOTE: The version of SVNKit does NOT correspond to the version of subversion that it works with. Goodness only knows why they have a different version numbering scheme. For example, SVNKit 1.2.3 is for subversion 1.4, and SVNKit 1.3.0 is for subversion 1.6 (which you can check using svn --version). You'll have to read the description of the SVNKit version to determine what version of subversion it is for.

Restart Eclipse

2 Setting up Kodi in Eclipse CDT

Get Kodi source from subversion

Import project into Eclipse (there is a .project and .cproject at the root of the Kodi source tree so just select the root folder, e.g. trunk)

Connect to subversion using Team -> Share Project (may be done magically now by new Subversive plug-in)

3 Building Kodi

Either use command line externally or integrate the Makefile target for top level configure and make

4 Debugging Kodi

Build and then launch the built xbmc.bin process or connect to existing running xbmc.bin process

5 Tips and Tricks

Symlink a folder under the Eclipse workspace folder to the root of the Kodi source tree for the area being worked on, e.g. trunk or a branch)

TODO: Detail how to configure the editor to show differences between the working file and what's under source control

TODO: Create and checkin automatic code formatter settings for XBMC

Ctrl + Shift + R opens the Open Resource dialog. Start typing the filename and it will find it for you - no more navigating to files deep inside the file hierarchy.

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