pcbnew: expose build information to python interface

Bug #1815349 reported by Mitja Nemec on 2019-02-10
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Bug Description

It would be really nice if build version and build settings were exposed to python interface. Two usecases are:
- an action plugin could support different versions of KiCad plugin or would at least be able to notify the user that certain KiCad version is required.
- an action plugin could check for build settings such as KICAD_SCRIPTING_WXPYTHON and would refrain from using wx or at least notify the user that it will not run.

Application: kicad
Version: (6.0.0-rc1-dev-1691-g44cb979e9), release build
    wxWidgets 3.0.4
    libcurl/7.61.1 OpenSSL/1.1.1 (WinSSL) zlib/1.2.11 brotli/1.0.6 libidn2/2.0.5 libpsl/0.20.2 (+libidn2/2.0.5) nghttp2/1.34.0
Platform: Windows 7 (build 7601, Service Pack 1), 64-bit edition, 64 bit, Little endian, wxMSW
Build Info:
    wxWidgets: 3.0.4 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8)
    Boost: 1.68.0
    OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.9.1
    Curl: 7.61.1
    Compiler: GCC 8.2.0 with C++ ABI 1013

Build settings:

Changed in kicad:
milestone: none → 6.0.0-rc1
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
tags: added: scripting
removed: wishlist
Wayne Stambaugh (stambaughw) wrote :

We could only provide the static build info. Some of the info used in the about dialog is generated at run time and requires a valid wxApp instance in order to run. Calling this from a script where no wxApp was present would fail. I looked at this and it will require factoring out the static info code from the run time info code before this can be implemented.

Changed in kicad:
status: New → Triaged
Mitja Nemec (mitjan) wrote :

For me, it would be enough to expose DIALOG_ABOUT::buildVersionInfoData( wxString& aMsg, bool aFormatHtml ) to python.

And I don't think that requiring wxApp instance is a big issue as there are also other methods exposed which require wxApp [1], but I might be wrong about this, and keep in mind that I am just a python action plugin developer so I have no insight into KiCad internals.

[1] https://code.launchpad.net/~andrei-pozolotin/kicad/+git/kicad/+merge/366082

tags: added: python
removed: scripting
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