Useful compilation errors not always show when flashing via cli

Hi, I recently shifted from the web IDE to my preferred desktop IDE and compiling via CLI. I’m enjoying developing that way except often when there is an error compiling, I don’t get any useful information about what the error was. If I copy my project into the web IDE, I get nice error messages like:

In this particular instance, what I get when compiling the same src via CLI is pasted below.

Is there anything I can do to get more information about compiler errors when running particle flash? (already tried -v)

Including:
    src/config.h
    src/bEarthaController.ino
    src/config.cpp
    project.properties
attempting to flash firmware to your device bEarthaController

Processing  src/bEarthaController.ino
Checking library BLE_Group...
Checking library ArduinoJson...
Installing library BLE_Group 0.1.2 to lib/BLE_Group ...
Installing library ArduinoJson 6.15.1 to lib/ArduinoJson ...
Library BLE_Group 0.1.2 installed.
Library ArduinoJson 6.15.1 installed.
make -C ../modules/boron/user-part all
make[1]: Entering directory '/firmware/modules/boron/user-part'

mkdir -p target/
make -f ../../../modules/shared/nRF52840/build_linker_script.mk PREBUILD=1
make[2]: Entering directory '/firmware/modules/boron/user-part'
Creating target/platform_user_ram.ld ...
make[2]: Leaving directory '/firmware/modules/boron/user-part'

make -C ../../../user 
make[2]: Entering directory '/firmware/user'
Building cpp file: src/bEarthaController.cpp
Invoking: ARM GCC CPP Compiler
mkdir -p ../build/target/user/platform-13-msrc/
arm-none-eabi-gcc -DSTM32_DEVICE -DnRF52840 -DNRF52840_XXAA -DPLATFORM_THREADING=1 -DPLATFORM_ID=13 -DPLATFORM_NAME=boron -DUSBD_VID_SPARK=0x2B04 -DUSBD_PID_DFU=0xD00D -DUSBD_PID_CDC=0xC00D -DSPARK_PLATFORM -g3 -gdwarf-2 -Os -mcpu=cortex-m4 -mthumb -mabi=aapcs -mfloat-abi=hard -mfpu=fpv4-sp-d16 -DINCLUDE_PLATFORM=1 -DSOFTDEVICE_PRESENT=1 -DS140 -DPRODUCT_ID=13 -DPRODUCT_FIRMWARE_VERSION=65535 -DOPENTHREAD_PROJECT_CORE_CONFIG_FILE=\"openthread-config-project.h\" -DENABLE_FEM=1 -DNRF_802154_PROJECT_CONFIG=\"openthread-platform-config.h\" -DRAAL_SOFTDEVICE=1 -D_WIZCHIP_=W5500 -DUSE_STDPERIPH_DRIVER -DDFU_BUILD_ENABLE -DLFS_CONFIG=lfs_config.h -DSYSTEM_VERSION_STRING=1.5.0 -DRELEASE_BUILD -I./inc -I../wiring/inc -I../system/inc -I../third_party/miniz/miniz -I../services/inc -I../third_party/nanopb/nanopb -I../communication/inc -I../hal/inc -I../hal/shared -I../hal/src/boron -I../hal/network/lwip/cellular -I../hal/src/nRF52840 -I../hal/src/armv7 -I../hal/src/nRF52840 -I../hal/src/nRF52840/lwip -I../hal/src/nRF52840/freertos -I../hal/src/nRF52840/openthread -I../hal/src/nRF52840/mbedtls -I../hal/src/nRF52840/littlefs -I../hal -I../hal/network/api -I../hal/network/lwip -I../hal/network/lwip/posix -I../hal/network/openthread -I../hal/network/lwip/wiznet -I../hal/network/ncp -I../hal/network/ncp/at_parser -I../third_party/lwip/lwip/src/include -I../third_party/freertos/freertos/FreeRTOS/Source/include -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/external/freertos/portable/GCC/nrf52 -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/external/freertos/portable/CMSIS/nrf52 -I../third_party/openthread/openthread/include -I../third_party/openthread/openthread/src/core -I../third_party/openthread/openthread/examples/platforms -I../third_party/openthread/openthread/radio -I../third_party/openthread/openthread/radio/hal -I../third_party/openthread/openthread/radio/rsch -I../third_party/openthread/openthread/radio/rsch/raal -I../third_party/openthread/openthread/radio/rsch/raal/softdevice -I../third_party/wiznet_driver/wiznet_driver/Ethernet -I../gsm0710muxer/gsm0710muxer/include -I../platform/shared/inc -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/toolchain/cmsis/include -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/modules/nrfx -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/modules/nrfx/drivers -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/modules/nrfx/drivers/include -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/modules/nrfx/hal -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/modules/nrfx/mdk -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/modules/nrfx/hal -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/modules/nrfx/drivers/src/prs -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/util -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/softdevice/s140/headers -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/softdevice/s140/headers/nrf52 -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/softdevice/common -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/fstorage -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/experimental_section_vars -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/atomic -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/crc32 -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/integration/nrfx/legacy -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/delay -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/log -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/log -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/log/src -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/experimental_section_vars -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/atomic -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/delay -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/queue -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/softdevice/common -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/softdevice/mbr/nrf52840/headers -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/softdevice/s140 -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/softdevice/s140/headers -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/softdevice/s140/headers/nrf52 -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/fifo -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/atomic_fifo -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/strerror -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/fstorage -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/atomic_flags -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/usbd -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/usbd/class/cdc -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/libraries/usbd/class/cdc/acm -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/ble/common -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/ble/nrf_ble_gatt -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/ble/ble_advertising -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/nfc/t2t_lib -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/nfc/platform -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/nfc/ndef/generic/message -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/nfc/ndef/generic/record -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/nfc/ndef/lauchapp -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/nfc/ndef/text -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/components/nfc/ndef/uri -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/external/nrf_cc310/include -I../third_party/nrf5_sdk/nrf5_sdk/external/utf_converter -I../third_party/littlefs/littlefs -I../platform/MCU/nRF52840/inc -I../dynalib/inc -Isrc -I./libraries -Ilib/ArduinoJson/src -Ilib/BLE_Group/src -I. -MD -MP -MF ../build/target/user/platform-13-msrc/bEarthaController.o.d -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections -Wall -Wno-switch -Wno-error=deprecated-declarations -fmessage-length=0 -fno-strict-aliasing -DSPARK=1 -DPARTICLE=1 -Wundef -DSTART_DFU_FLASHER_SERIAL_SPEED=14400 -DSTART_YMODEM_FLASHER_SERIAL_SPEED=28800 -DSPARK_PLATFORM_NET=UBLOXSARA -fno-builtin-malloc -fno-builtin-free -fno-builtin-realloc  -DLOG_INCLUDE_SOURCE_INFO=1 -DPARTICLE_USER_MODULE -DUSER_FIRMWARE_IMAGE_SIZE=0x20000 -DUSER_FIRMWARE_IMAGE_LOCATION=0xD4000 -DMODULAR_FIRMWARE=1 -DMODULE_VERSION=6 -DMODULE_FUNCTION=5 -DMODULE_INDEX=1 -DMODULE_DEPENDENCY=4,1,1502 -DMODULE_DEPENDENCY2=0,0,0 -D_GNU_SOURCE -DLOG_MODULE_CATEGORY="\"app\""  -fno-exceptions -fno-rtti -fcheck-new -std=gnu++14 -c -o ../build/target/user/platform-13-msrc/bEarthaController.o src/bEarthaController.cpp

Building cpp file: src/config.cpp
Invoking: ARM GCC CPP Compiler
mkdir -p ../build/target/user/platform-13-msrc/
arm-none-eabi-gcc -DSTM32_DEVICE -DnRF52840 -DNRF52840_XXAA -DPLATFORM_THREADING=1 -DPLATFORM_ID=13 -DPLATFORM_NAME=boron -DUSBD_VID_SPARK=0x2B04 -DUSBD_PID_DFU=0xD00D -DUSBD_PID_CDC=0xC00D -DSPARK_PLATFORM -g3 -gdwarf-2 -Os -mcpu=cortex-m4 -mthumb -mabi=aapcs -mfloat-abi=hard -mfpu=fpv4-sp-d16 -DINCLUDE_PLATFORM=1 -DSOFTDEVICE_PRESENT=1 -DS140 -DPRODUCT_ID=13 -DPRODUCT_FIRMWARE_VERSION=65535 -DOPENTHREAD_PROJECT_CORE_CONFIG_FILE=\"openthread-config-project.h\" -DENABLE_FEM=1 -DNRF_802154_PROJECT_CONFIG=\"openthread-platform-config.h\" -DRAAL_SOFTDEVICE=1 -D_WIZCHIP_=W5500 -DUSE_STDPERIPH_DRIVER -DDFU_BUILD_ENABLE -DLFS_CONFIG=lfs_config.h -DSYSTEM_VERSION_STRING=1.5.0 -DRELEASE_BUILD -I./inc -I../wiring/inc -I../system/inc -I../third_party/miniz/miniz -I../services/inc -I../third_party/nanopb/nanopb -I../communication/inc -I../hal/inc -I../hal/shared -I../hal/src/boron -I../hal/network/

In Web IDE if the condensed error log is not providing enough detail about the probable cause of the error you can always use the SHOW RAW button at the bottom of the error list.
You can also post a SHARE THIS REVISION link so others could check for themselves what the issue might be.

For CLI, is this really the entire log?
What was the exact command you used for this build?
When I build via CLI I usually get a comprehensive error log too. Can you provide some test project that doesn’t? (a link from WebIDE would do just fine)

OK my mistake, issue was with my particular setup - using process palette to flash with keyboard shortcut in atom IDE, which by default has a limit on cli output buffer length which was truncating the output. Thanks @ScruffR for your suggestion on SHOW RAW I’m sure that will come in handy :slight_smile:

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If you’re still using Atom, do consider checking out VS code (Particle Workbench). It’s the official IDE (Particle Dev on Atom is deprecated). Also offer local compilation and flashing, and is a better IDE overall.

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Thanks for the nudge, I was just using Atom as it was familiar to me from doing web dev. I’ve installed VS and Workbench now and it’s much better indeed, no looking back! Cheers :slight_smile:

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