[cfe-users] Visual Studio clang-format extension difficulties

Michael Price michael.b.price.dev at gmail.com
Sun Sep 8 09:17:02 PDT 2013

Alright, I figured it out.

The name of the file literally has to be ".clang-format".  A file that has
an extension of ".clang-format" is not good enough.  IMO, the documentation
should either be made more clear, or we should allows that form of
filename.  On Windows, it is not obvious how to create a file that "has no
filename, only an 'extension'".  In fact, Explorer freaks out and won't let
you do it, you have to do it from the command-line or some application.  If
I don't get any hits on this list, I'll forward over to the cfe-dev list.

On Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM, Michael Price <michael.b.price.dev at gmail.com
> wrote:

> FWIW, when I run clang-format directly when in the directory with the
> source code, I get this message at the top of the output:
> Can't find usable .clang-format, using LLVM style
> On Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM, Michael Price <
> michael.b.price.dev at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The guidance for how to use the "File" configuration for the options is
>> not clear.
>> I've put a .clang-format file in the same directory as the source code,
>> but it doesn't seem to be picking up those settings.  Does anyone have an
>> example of how this is supposed to work?
>> They guidance provided by the plugin (in the Visual Studio options dialog
>> for the extension) gives an example for the content of the YAML file along
>> the lines of
>> '{BasedOnStyle: "LLVM", IndentWidth:8}'
>> But this exact string doesn't seem to work, neither does removing the
>> outer quotes, nor the curly braces, nor the commas (which is the format
>> that clang-format -dump-config prints out).
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