Is it available a mode that, entering a source file, scans it to find all the function, class and methods declarations and eventually install a menu that enables jumping around in the source file?

I used to use fume-mode (?) where fume is for function menu, but I haven't seen it in the list of installable packages...


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You can use imenu-mode for that purpose. It comes shipped with emacs and most programming modes support it.

EDIT2: You could simply start it with this:

(add-hook 'prog-mode-hook (lambda () (imenu-add-to-menubar "Imenu")))

EDIT: I activate it by this code:

(defun my-try-to-add-imenu ()
  (unless (my-is-buffer-file-temp)
    (condition-case nil (imenu-add-to-menubar "Imenu") (error nil))))

(defun my-is-buffer-file-temp ()
  "Returns t if buffer is temporary buffer. This is useful to disable hooks in org export."
  (unless (boundp 'my-is-buffer-file-temp-var)
    (make-local-variable 'my-is-buffer-file-temp-var)
    (setq my-is-buffer-file-temp-var (my-is-buffer-file-temp-work)))

(add-hook 'prog-mode-hook 'my-try-to-add-imenu)

This only activates imenu-mode if the current buffer has a corresponding file. I do this in order to avoid activation of some minor modes during org-export.

The are more options available, which may require some customization to get them to work and which depend on the programming envirnment. Just to mention some:

  • Useful answer. M-x imenu-add-menubar-index RET is exactly what I need — now, if only I could write a hook that is activated for all the programming modes...
    – gboffi
    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:41
  • Re your mention of ECB end CEDET, my modest needs are probably best met by imenu but it's however interesting to know, especially for different readers.
    – gboffi
    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:45
  • Added an example of how it could be started.
    – theldoria
    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:51
  • Over complicated... however the relevant info is there, the mode sufficiently generic and necessarily specific is prog-mode and (add-hook 'prog-mode-hook 'imenu-add-menubar-index) has done the trick. Tx a lot.
    – gboffi
    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:54

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