… hardcoded /Applications is always a really bad idea …

> On 22 Sep 2016, at 17:42, Simon Wells <swel...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> yeah apparently so, i am just trying to figure out where its looking.
> Which might be /Applications instead of inside the bundle
> 
> On Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 3:37 AM, Bernhard Stegmaier
> <stegma...@sw-systems.de> wrote:
>> If I remember correctly this should only be enabled when some external tool 
>> is in the right place?
>> Don’t know if this works yet on OSX?
>> 
>>> On 22 Sep 2016, at 17:27, Simon Wells <swel...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> i am sure i have done something stupid but for me the export->STEP
>>> option is greyed out. any hints?
>>> 
>>> On Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 2:45 AM, Wayne Stambaugh <stambau...@gmail.com> 
>>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> On 9/22/2016 10:43 AM, Wayne Stambaugh wrote:
>>>>> Simon,
>>>>> 
>>>>> Using .mb_str() is valid.  Using static_cast is more c++ish.  Take a
>>>>> look at the "Conversion to C string" section of the wxString 
>>>>> documentation:
>>>> 
>>>> http://docs.wxwidgets.org/3.0/classwx_string.html
>>>> 
>>>> I'm ok either way.
>>>> 
>>>> Sorry about the fat fingered send.
>>>> 
>>>> Wayne
>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> On 9/22/2016 10:42 AM, Simon Wells wrote:
>>>>>> Hey wayne,
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> the commit broke my build...
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> in kicad2step.cpp
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> lines 61-81 have _( "BLAH BLAH") which errors out as not convertible
>>>>>> from wxstring to char *. I have patched it with .mb_str() and was
>>>>>> preparing a patch but i am not sure if this is the correct way, care
>>>>>> to comment before i send a patch?
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> thanks
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Simon
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> On Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 2:18 AM, Wayne Stambaugh <stambau...@gmail.com> 
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>> On 9/21/2016 9:17 PM, Cirilo Bernardo wrote:
>>>>>>>> On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 10:07 AM, Wayne Stambaugh 
>>>>>>>> <stambau...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>>>>> On 9/21/2016 7:27 PM, Cirilo Bernardo wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> OK, I've updated the branch with the following changes:
>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> 1. removed wxT() from kicad2step and dialogs. The remaining wxT()
>>>>>>>>>> instances are created by wxFormBuilder.
>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> 2. refined the Export STEP GUI for cases in which the exporter
>>>>>>>>>> fails (returns an error or segfaults).
>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>> Thanks for the fixes.  I got everything merged on my computer at work 
>>>>>>>>> so
>>>>>>>>> I'll just pick up where I left off tomorrow.
>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> No problem; thanks for testing the branch.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> I tested this and everything looked fine.  I did notice in your last
>>>>>>> commit that you used stderr.  I'm not sure that has any meaning on
>>>>>>> windows but it didn't seem to break anything.  I committed you kicad
>>>>>>> step export branch to the product repo.  Great job.  Thanks.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> I do have one comment.  The vrml exporter includes the silk screen and
>>>>>>> traces which results in a much more detailed board model.  It would be
>>>>>>> nice if step export had this as well.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> It also just occurred to me that sometimes the OCE library may
>>>>>>>>>> cause a hang. I can work on a generic dialog to launch an
>>>>>>>>>> external app which connects to the apps stdout + stderr and
>>>>>>>>>> which has a CANCEL button to kill the process - any comments?
>>>>>>>>>> Should I put such a dialog into the "common" library?
>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>> I'm wondering if you could make something abstract enough to work in 
>>>>>>>>> all
>>>>>>>>> the places where we run external apps.  These dialogs always seem 
>>>>>>>>> pretty
>>>>>>>>> task specific like the netlist and bom dialogs?  You could try I 
>>>>>>>>> guess.
>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> The best abstraction I can think of at the moment is to instantiate a 
>>>>>>>> dialog
>>>>>>>> which simply has a window showing the stderr + stdout of the running 
>>>>>>>> app
>>>>>>>> and a cancel button to kill the process if necessary. All other 
>>>>>>>> customizations
>>>>>>>> should be done in a parent window. I'll come up with something and 
>>>>>>>> apply it
>>>>>>>> to the BOM and netlist generation as well.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Given that we've never had any issues with the bom and netlist external
>>>>>>> processes, it may not be worth the effort although I'm not opposed to
>>>>>>> the idea.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> The fact that a process using OCE can hang brings up the
>>>>>>>>>> question of whether it is better to leave kicad2step as a
>>>>>>>>>> separate app or whether it is generally OK as a plugin and
>>>>>>>>>> the odd crash due to bugs in OCE and/or the STEP/IGES
>>>>>>>>>> models would be acceptable. We can stuff the plugin
>>>>>>>>>> invocations into their own thread and check for completion,
>>>>>>>>>> but unlike the case with a separate process, we cannot
>>>>>>>>>> guarantee there is no memory corruption or leakage.
>>>>>>>>>> Any thoughts?
>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>> Ughh!  You're not making me feel any better about oce.  It would be 
>>>>>>>>> nice
>>>>>>>>> to be able to kill a rouge process though.  Doesn't the oce library 
>>>>>>>>> api
>>>>>>>>> provide some kind of error reporting capability?
>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> OCE does have an error reporting scheme but I've seen it hang
>>>>>>>> indefinitely while performing some operations such as shape healing
>>>>>>>> on defective STEP models. In other instances it eventually stops
>>>>>>>> after it has hogged the maximum memory that the system would
>>>>>>>> give it. In both cases it's not possible to get error information from
>>>>>>>> within OCE. Unfortunately such bad behavior is not unique to OCE; the
>>>>>>>> MCAD world in particular seems to be full of buggy libraries, but to
>>>>>>>> be fair the tasks involved are incredibly difficult and users no doubt
>>>>>>>> are always coming up with cases that the developers hadn't checked for.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Are we the only project that pushes these libraries that hard?  We do
>>>>>>> seem to find our fair share of library issues.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> Somewhat off-topic: grep shows me that the source code
>>>>>>>>>> and headers are full of wxT().  Since wxT() had been
>>>>>>>>>> deprecated years ago and KiCad is no longer compatible
>>>>>>>>>> with versions of wxWidgets which required wxT(), perhaps
>>>>>>>>>> we should ask devs to purge wxT() from the headers and
>>>>>>>>>> sources which they touch? I think that might also get devs
>>>>>>>>>> into the habit of not using wxT() - even I still use it without
>>>>>>>>>> realizing it - bad habits die hard. :)
>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>> I caught myself using wxT() while writing the legacy schematic plugin
>>>>>>>>> several times.  It will take time to get used to it but we will get
>>>>>>>>> there.  If you happen to be working on a file, please feel free to
>>>>>>>>> remove them.  I don't think we need to do the mass purge just yet.
>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> OK; I might create some patches for the bits I'd worked on in the
>>>>>>>> past like VRML export and IDF export.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> For small change sets (<= 5 commits), please send me patch sets using
>>>>>>> format-patch or send-email.  It's easier than me having to add remotes
>>>>>>> and go through the whole pull rebase cycle.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Wayne
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> - Cirilo
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> - Cirilo
>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 3:04 AM, Wayne Stambaugh 
>>>>>>>>>> <stambau...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>> Cirilo,
>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>> I just tested this since you fixed the windows extension issue.  The
>>>>>>>>>>> menu item is enabled but I always get an "Unable to create step file
>>>>>>>>>>> whenever there are spaces in the file name and/or path."  You 
>>>>>>>>>>> didn't by
>>>>>>>>>>> chance forget to double quote the command line string did you?  If 
>>>>>>>>>>> you
>>>>>>>>>>> don't, spaces in file and/or path names in command strings will 
>>>>>>>>>>> fail.
>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>> Just a couple of quick comments nothing major.  wxT() macros are no
>>>>>>>>>>> longer required in wx3 so try to remember not to use it anymore 
>>>>>>>>>>> since
>>>>>>>>>>> it's slated to be deprecated in the future.  It's also not 
>>>>>>>>>>> necessary to
>>>>>>>>>>> convert path separators in strings when you are already using
>>>>>>>>>>> wxFileName.  You can use wxFileName::GetFullPath() which will 
>>>>>>>>>>> return the
>>>>>>>>>>> native separators no matter what you feed it with.  You can also 
>>>>>>>>>>> convert
>>>>>>>>>>> to the unix file separator for storage by using 
>>>>>>>>>>> wxFileName::GetFullPath(
>>>>>>>>>>> wxPATH_UNIX ).  This removes the need for #ifdef WINDOWS/#endif to 
>>>>>>>>>>> do
>>>>>>>>>>> the separator conversion.
>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>> Wayne
>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>> On 9/19/2016 3:53 AM, Nick Østergaard wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>> Looks good, I will test it soon. But I noticed that it looks like 
>>>>>>>>>>>> you
>>>>>>>>>>>> did not use the copyright template copyright.h from the root of 
>>>>>>>>>>>> the source.
>>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>>> Den 19/09/2016 09.46 skrev "Cirilo Bernardo" 
>>>>>>>>>>>> <cirilo.berna...@gmail.com
>>>>>>>>>>>> <mailto:cirilo.berna...@gmail.com>>:
>>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>>>   The kicad-step feature branch now implements a STEP Export. The 
>>>>>>>>>>>> menu
>>>>>>>>>>>>   item may need a new icon (I lazily reused the IDF icon). Any 
>>>>>>>>>>>> testing and
>>>>>>>>>>>>   comments would be appreciated. The kicad2step utility which 
>>>>>>>>>>>> performs
>>>>>>>>>>>>   the conversion is of course dependent on OCE and is only built 
>>>>>>>>>>>> when
>>>>>>>>>>>>   KICAD_USE_OCE is defined. The "Export STEP" menu item is disabled
>>>>>>>>>>>>   if the kicad2step executable is not found in the same directory 
>>>>>>>>>>>> as the
>>>>>>>>>>>>   pcbnew executable.
>>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>>>   
>>>>>>>>>>>> https://code.launchpad.net/~cirilo-bernardo/kicad/+git/kicad-oce/+ref/kicad-step
>>>>>>>>>>>>   
>>>>>>>>>>>> <https://code.launchpad.net/~cirilo-bernardo/kicad/+git/kicad-oce/+ref/kicad-step>
>>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>>>   - Cirilo
>>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>>> 
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