[cfe-dev] Clang-format configuration files

Alexander Kornienko alexfh at google.com
Mon May 6 11:54:06 PDT 2013

It's time for clang-format to support more flexible style configuration.
We're starting to work on configuration files support for clang-format.

Some thoughts on desired features and overall design:

   - *contents*: fields of the FormatStyle struct, which currently has < 20
   fields of primitive types;
   - *format*: a set of key-value pairs, most probably JSON or YAML with
   flat structure, e.g.:
     ColumnLimit: 80
     ConstructorInitializerAllOnOneLineOrOnePerLine: true
   - *file location*: in a longer term we'd like to support local
   per-project hierarchical model, so that style can be configured for a
   project and then partially or fully overridden in its various subprojects.
   E.g. for this directory structure:

   *clang-format dir/a.cpp* should read only dir/.clang-format (assuming
   that there are no .clang-format files in parent directories), *clang-format
   dir/subdir/b.cpp* should use configuration values from
   dir/subdir/.clang-format, and for the values not defined there try to
   get them from dir/.clang-format
   - *command-line interface*: there's currently -style option which takes
   a name of a predefined style, we can use "-style config" or "-style file"
   to turn on configuration file parsing, or turn it on by default.

Any comments/suggestions?
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