ptop.cfg(5)           ptop source beautifier config file           ptop.cfg(5)

       ptop.cfg - The ptop source-beautifier configuration file.

       ptop is the source beautifier of the FreePascal project.

       Origin probably Pascal-TO-Pascal.cfg

       This is the main configuration file of the ptop FPC source beautifier

       The configuration file for ptop(1) isn't necessarily called ptop.cfg,
       and is also not auto-loaded, so the name doesn't matter much. This
       man-page describes the structure of such a configuration file for

       The structure of a ptop configuration file is a simple building block
       repeated several (60-70) times, once 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 out of one,
       two or three lines, describing how ptop should react on a certain
       keyword.  First a line without square brackets with the following


       If one of the options is "dindonkey" (see further below), a second line
       (with square brackets) is needed like this:


       Then if one of the options is "gobsym", a third line (with angle
       brackets) is needed like this:


       As you can see the block contains two types of identifiers,
       keywords(keyword, otherkeyword1..3 and terminalword1..3 in the above
       example) and options, (option1..3 above).

       Keywords are the built-in valid Pascal structure-identifiers like
       configuration file lists most of these.

       Besides the real Pascal keywords, some other codewords are used for
       operators and comment expressions. These are listed in the following

       Name of codeword         operator
       -------------            -----
       casevar                  : in a case label (<>'colon')
       becomes                  :=
       delphicomment            //
       opencomment              { or (*
       closecomment             } or *)
       semicolon                ;
       colon                    :
       equals                   =
       openparen                [
       closeparen               ]
       period                   .

       The Options codewords define actions to be taken when the keyword
       before the equal sign is found.

       Option              does what
       -------             ---------
       crsupp              suppress CR before the keyword.
       crbefore            force CR before keyword
                           (doesn't go with crsupp :) )
       blinbefore          blank line before keyword.
       dindonkey           de-indent on assiociated keywords (see below)
       dindent             de-indent (always)
       spbef               space before
       spaft               space after
       gobsym              Print symbols which follow a keyword,
                           but which do not affect layout.
                           Prints until terminators occur.
       inbytab             indent by tab.
       crafter             force CR after keyword.
       upper               prints keyword all uppercase
       lower               prints keyword all lowercase
       capital             capitalizes keyword: 1st letter
                           uppercase, rest lowercase.

       The option "dindonkey" requires some extra parameters, which are set by
       a second line for that keyword (the one with the square brackets),
       which is therefore only needed if the options contain "dinkdonkey"
       (contraction of de-indent on assiociated keyword).

       "dinkdonkey" deindents if any of the keywords specified by the extra
       options of the square-bracket line is found.

       In a similar manner the option "gobsym", short for gobble symbols,
       requires some additional information in order to perform its function.
       The "gobsym" option indicates that all symbols following the keyword
       should be passed through unchanged until a terminal symbol is reached.
       The list of acceptable termial symbols is provided by the angle-bracket

       The block



       The keyword this is about is else , it's on the LEFT side of both equal

       When the ptop parser finds ELSE, the options tell it to do the
       following things:

       - (crbefore) Don't allow other code on the line before
          the keyword. (ELSE alone on a line)
       - (dindonkey) De-indent on the keywords
          in square brackets line (if,then,else)
       - (inbytab) indent by tab.
       - (upper) uppercase the keyword (ELSE)

       The block



       The keyword this is about is case , it's on the LEFT side of both equal

       When case is found, the options tell it to do the following things:

       - (spaft) Insure that there is a space
          after the keyword. (case)
       - (gobsym) pass symbols through unchanced until one of
          the words in the angle brackets line (of) is found.
       - (crafter) Make sure terminator (of) ends the line.
       - (inbytab) indent by tab.
       - (capital) Capitalize the keyword (case becomes Case).

       Try to play with the configfile until you find the effect you desire.
       The configurability and possibilities of ptop are quite large compared
       to other shareware source beautifiers found on e.g. SIMTEL.

       The writer of the program, Michael van Canneyt, who also helped out
       explaining the format of ptop.cfg.

       Questions/corrections can be mailed to

       Also thanks to the rest of the FPC development team.

       ptop binary


       Other FPC utils
              ppdep(1) ppudump(1) ppumove(1) h2pas(1)

FreePascal                      25 January 2007                    ptop.cfg(5)