Gtags exclude directory
GNU Global is a source code tagging system that has excellent integration with Emacs, using the ggtags package.
To generate the tags themselves, you run a program called gtags on a top level directory:
Unfortunately, however, on a project that included a particularly large library, gtags failed with the following error:
I wasn’t particularly interested in browsing the source code for the framework (which had good API documentation), so thought a quick workaround would be to exclude that directory altogether. Unfortunately, a quick hunt around in
didn’t produce any command line switch. You have to instead create a config file that lives in .globalrc. This has to be in a specific format and a Google search leads to the config file in the Git repository, so you can download and copy that. The section you want to change is
Note the the trailing slash.
in the top level directory skips the large library and produces tags for the rest of the code. It doesn’t fix the problem, but is a quick workaround. In any case, you may have other reasons to want to exclude a directory, so it’s still good to know.