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QW Scripting: MPECompile

MPECompile 1.04 August 29, 2000

MPECompile is a generic script providing access to most compilers found on MPE hosts. An MPECompile command automatically calls the corresponding compiler on the currently active document. The appropriate compiler is assigned an entry point using On Command blocks.

It is distributed in the Scripts directory of the Robelle script library directory e.g. c:\robelle\qedit\system\. The script is designed to be loaded. You can load it manually using the Manage scripts command of the Script menu. If you wish to have it loaded automatically, you can copy it to the customer script library directory e.g. c:\robelle\qedit\user\autoload\. The driver subroutine is called DoMPECompile.

Information on MPECompile is organized as follows:

DoMPECompile Parameters

The main subroutine is called DoMPECompile and accepts only 1 parameter.

Invoking MPECompile

The script is designed to be loaded. It can be invoked from the Script menu or from any other script.

Running From the Script Menu

The script can be loaded manually. Its commands are added to the Robelle command group of the Script menu. The subcommand name is MPE Compile. The subcommand offers 7 different options:

Running From Another Script

The following sample script provides an example compiling a Cobol source file called COBPRG1 on the connection Production MPE. The compile uses the Cobol85 compiler. This sample script takes advantage of the fact that the QSLMPECompile script is distributed with Qedit for Windows as a loadable script (in this case, already loaded):
	file = open(connection: "Production MPE", filename: "cobprg1.src");

Execution Logic Overview

The script uses the same approach whether you use the menu command or invoke it from another script.
  1. The script assumes the currently active document is the main source.
  2. The script builds the MPE command using the CompileCommand passed as parameter e.g. COB85XL, the active document filename and the compiler output destination (default: QSLCOMPO).
  3. If the output file is already opened, the script closes it.
  4. The script then uses the HostCommand application method to build the output file in the temporary domain.
  5. The compiler is invoked with the output redirected to the temporary output file.
  6. When the compilation is done, the script opens the output file so it is displayed.

MPECompile Results

The DoMPECompile subroutine displays informative messages in the log window of the Script Control dialog box. These messages include the version number, progress messages and termination message. A typical output looks like this:

	MPECompile 1.02 - Copyright 2000 Robelle

	This window will close when the compile completes.
	The STDLIST output will then be opened.

	...Working....Please wait a few moments...
	COB85XL compile has finished!


Compiler Output File

The compiler output file is in the temporary domain. This means there is no conflict with other users compiling. There is no conflict with other connections from the same PC. However, all compiles on a single connection use the same output file. This means output results are not preserved. If you wish to save the results for future reference, you should use the Save As command and assign a new name to it. Also, at the start of each compile, the script closes the document window for QSLCOMPO on the appropriate connection. This forces Qedit to refresh the window.