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Re: Jump to autoconf macro documentation

From: Le Wang
Subject: Re: Jump to autoconf macro documentation
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 08:46:59 +0800

You haven't said why it doesn't work.  Maybe you need to look into error handling?

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On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 8:02 AM, Andrea Crotti <address@hidden> wrote:
To be more complete I thought that I could do the following thing, first I try
to look for the macro definition in aclocal.m4, and if it's not there I try in the Info page.

So I came up with something like
--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---

 (setq autoconf-macro-syntax-table (make-syntax-table))
 (modify-syntax-entry ?_ "w" autoconf-macro-syntax-table)

 (defun get-autoconf-macro-definition ()
   "jump to the definition of a macro"
       ((macro (with-syntax-table autoconf-macro-syntax-table (thing-at-point 'word))))
     (unless (get-autoconf-macro-local macro)
       (info "autoconf" (concat "*autconf*<" macro ">"))
       (Info-index macro))))

 (defun get-autoconf-macro-local (macro)
   "Look for the definition of the macro in aclocal.m4 before"
       ((local-macro-file "aclocal.m4"))
     (if (file-exists-p local-macro-file)
           (find-file local-macro-file)
           (search-forward (format "AC_DEFUN([%s])" macro)))

 (add-hook 'autoconf-mode-hook
           (lambda ()
             (local-set-key "\C-j" 'get-autoconf-macro-definition)))
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

What doesn't work yet is how to return false (and thus return to the previous state in case
the macro is not found anywhere.

And I should give an error message if I don't find the macro with Info-index as well, any idea?


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