Creating and distributing a configuration file for ptop is not necessary, unless you want to modify the standard behaviour of ptop. The configuration file is never preloaded, so if you want to use it you should always specify it with a -c ptop.cfg parameter.
The structure of a ptop configuration file is a simple building block repeated several (20-30) times, for each Pascal keyword known to the ptop program. (See the default configuration file or ptopu.pp source to find out which keywords are known).
The basic building block of the configuration file consists of one or two lines, describing how ptop should react on a certain keyword. First comes a line without square brackets with the following format:
If one of the options is ”dindonkey” (see further below), a second line - with square brackets - is needed:
As you can see the block contains two types of identifiers: keywords (keyword and otherkeyword1..3 in above example) and options, (option1..3 above).
Keywords are the built-in valid Pascal structure-identifiers like BEGIN, END, CASE, IF, THEN, ELSE, IMPLEMENTATION. The default configuration file lists most of these.
Besides the real Pascal keywords, some other codewords are used for operators and comment expressions as in table (8.1).
The options codewords define actions to be taken when the keyword before the equal sign is found, as listed in table (8.2).
The option ”dindonkey” given in table table (8.2) requires some further explanation. ”dindonkey” is a contraction of ”DeINDent ON associated KEYword”. When it is present as an option in the first line, then a second, square-bracketed, line is required. A de-indent will be performed when any of the other keywords listed in the second line are encountered in the source.
Example: The lines
mean the following:
Try to play with the configfile step by step until you find the effect you desire. The configurability and possibilities of ptop are quite large. E.g. I like all keywords uppercased instead of capitalized, so I replaced all capital keywords in the default file by upper.
ptop is still development software. So it is wise to visually check the generated source and try to compile it, to see if ptop hasn’t introduced any errors.