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Re: File local variable name containing ':'

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: File local variable name containing ':'
Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2010 12:53:21 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> I think it isn't possible to use a Local Variables line to set the value
> of a variable whose name contains a colon . E.g. something like

Indeed, it looks like you're right.

> Assuming I'm not overlooking an easy workaround, it seems that one
> possible fix would be to recognise the separator character on-the-fly as
> the character following the word "Variables".

That makes the check for the presence of file-local variables even
more loose.  I.e. a file that contained "Local Variables" but not "Local
Variables:" will now be considered as containing file-local variables
and will likely generate an error about missing "End" when you try and
open the file.

The current "Local Variables:" pattern is already much too loose in my
opinion, so I'm definitely not going to let it become even more permissive.


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