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Re: Difficulties byte-compiling very large .el

From: Xah Lee
Subject: Re: Difficulties byte-compiling very large .el
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 09:52:13 -0700 (PDT)
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On Aug 12, 7:50 pm, Aemon <address@hidden> wrote:
> I've been working on a project to create an elisp target for the ANTLR
> parser-generator. Here's the project page: 
> The generated parser for ActionScript 3 is over 30k lines long and
> fails to byte-compile with the message:
> as3_elispParser.el:31515:33:Error: Invalid character: 256, #o400,
> #x100
> Here's the source in question:
> I don't think the error is actually related to the content of the
> file, as deleting arbitrary chunks seems to make the error go away.
> There are lots of "Warning: reference to free variable ...." warnings,
> but I understand where those are coming from and I'm not worried about
> them.
> Bear in mind there are *lots* of macros being expanded. Most of the
> forms with the prefix 'a3el' are macros.
> Any ideas?

i don't have much experience in byte compiling elisp files... nobody
seems to have answered maybe i'll take a potshot.

i tried to download and byte compile it, but first error is that i
lack the required package declared in the first line. So, we couldn't
really test it.

about this error:
> as3_elispParser.el:31515:33:Error: Invalid character: 256, #o400,
> #x100

are you using emacs 22 with emacs 23 byte code or vice versa? as you
might know, emacs 23 went utf-8 for internal char representation, so
the byte code produced are incompatible with emacs 22. The error msg
above smells like this sort of problem. If your .el files does not
have any non-ascii char, then it shouldn't be a problem though.

oh, just noticed you did give the project page link above. Am tired
atm will have maybe try later. But when did this problem start to
happen? There must be a point when things are working and not working.


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