NppExec Problem

  • I am trying to compile COBOL programs using GnuCOBOL3. The directory structure for GnuCOBOL is as follows:

    c:\gnucobol3\bin <---- contains cobc, the compiler
    c:\gnucobol3\config <---- contains configuration files for different COBOL dialects

    I have a COBOL program DECLARE.CBL in c:\workarea\gnucobol.

    I open NppExec console and enter the following:

    c:\gnucobol3\bin\cobc -x -std=mf $(FULL_CURRENT_PATH) <— mf is Micro Focus dialect

    The response is:
    c:\gnucobol3\bin\cobc -x -std=mf C:\WORKAREA\cobol\GnuCOBOL\declare.cbl
    Process started (PID=1492) >>>
    configuration error:
    mf.conf: No such file or directory
    default.conf: No such file or directory
    <<< Process finished (PID=1492). (Exit code 1)

    NppExec is apparently not examining c:\gnucobol3\config to pick up mf.conf, the configuration file. So how would I set up NppExec to achieve this?

    I can compile the program from the command line using a batch file thus:

    set Path=c:\gnucobol3\bin
    set COB_CONFIG_DIR=c:\gnucobol3\config
    set COB_COPY_DIR=c:\gnucobol3\copy
    set COB_INCLUDE_PATH=c:\gnucobol3\include
    set COB_LIB_PATH=c:\gnucobol3\lib
    cobc -x -std=mf %1 <— where %1 is DECLARE.CBL

    Thanks in advance

  • @PaoloRicardo

    Sorry, that should be :

    I have a COBOL program DECLARE.CBL in c:\workarea\cobol\gnucobol.

  • @PaoloRicardo

    you would do similar thing in nppexec. As far as I remember it is called set_env or env_set.
    Check the manual, it has a dedicated section describing what you need to do.

  • Ekopalypse

    Thanks. I entered the following script in the Execute dialog:

    ENV_SET PATH=c:\gnucobol3\bin
    ENV_SET COB_CONFIG_DIR=c:\gnucobol3\config
    ENV_SET COB_COPY_DIR=c:\gnucobol3\copy
    ENV_SET COB_INCLUDE_PATH=c:\gnucobol3\include
    ENV_SET COB_LIB_PATH=c:\gnucobol3\lib
    c:\gnucobol\bin\cobc -x -std=mf $(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)

    When I ran the script I got:

    ENV_SET: PATH=c:\gnucobol3\bin
    $(SYS.PATH) = c:\gnucobol3\bin
    ENV_SET: COB_CONFIG_DIR=c:\gnucobol3\config
    $(SYS.COB_CONFIG_DIR) = c:\gnucobol3\config
    ENV_SET: COB_COPY_DIR=c:\gnucobol3\copy
    $(SYS.COB_COPY_DIR) = c:\gnucobol3\copy
    ENV_SET: COB_INCLUDE_PATH=c:\gnucobol3\include
    $(SYS.COB_INCLUDE_PATH) = c:\gnucobol3\include
    ENV_SET: COB_LIB_PATH=c:\gnucobol3\lib
    $(SYS.COB_LIB_PATH) = c:\gnucobol3\lib
    c:\gnucobol\bin\cobc -x -std=mf C:\WORKAREA\cobol\GnuCOBOL\declare.cbl
    ; about to start a child process: “c:\gnucobol\bin\cobc -x -std=mf C:\WORKAREA\cobol\GnuCOBOL\declare.cbl”
    CreateProcess() failed with error code 2:
    The system cannot find the file specified.

    Is there something that I am missing here?


  • @PaoloRicardo

    i have no experience using the nppexec plugin, as i only use the built in “run” functions by calling my own .cmd batch files, which i set as shortcuts at my %AppData%\Notepad++\shortcuts.xml.

    but it looks like your nppexec calls the complete line
    "c:\gnucobol\bin\cobc -x -std=mf C:\WORKAREA\cobol\GnuCOBOL\declare.cbl" as a single argument, calling a long name file with spaces, instead of calling cobc with extra argv parameters like
    "c:\gnucobol\bin\cobc" -x -std=mf "C:\WORKAREA\cobol\GnuCOBOL\declare.cbl"

    what happens if you create a batch file that sets your needed env variables and try it from there ?
    if it works, you can call it by putting the following command into your shortcuts.xml at the UserDefinedCommand section:

    <Command name="YourBatchName" Ctrl="yes" Alt="yes" Shift="yes" Key="88">PathTo\YourBatchName.cmd "$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)"</Command>

    where “$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)” will be reflected as %1 inside your batch.

  • OK, I’ve found the problem. Instead of:

    c:\gnucobol\bin\cobc -x -std=mf $(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)

    I should have c:\gnucobol3\bin\cobc -x -std=mf $(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)
    Also, since I’ve already defined the PATH variable I can just use:

    cobc -x -std=mf $(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)
    cobc -x -std=mf $(FILE_NAME)

    Thanks for the suggestions, guys.


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