Incremental Compilation for StrategoΒΆ


This feature is fairly new, please open issues when your build fails or your program has different behaviour under this build setting.

The Stratego compiler is usually the slowest part in the build of a Spoofax project. To improve on the development experience, we have added an incremental compilation option for Stratego. This can be opted into by editing the metaborg.yaml file:

  - org.metaborg:org.metaborg.meta.lang.stratego:${metaborgVersion}
    build: incremental
    format: jar

Your file most likely said nothing of the build, meaning it was on the batch setting. The format was probably on ctree. If that is the case you will also need to find the provider setting in your ESV files, likely in editor/Main.esv. Find the ctree provider setting, it should now be:

provider: target/metaborg/stratego.jar

Note that a clean build using this setting is necessary at first. It will likely take significantly longer than a clean build using the ctree format. All subsequent builds should be faster.

As of Spoofax 2.5.7, there are no known limitations to the incremental compilation setting.