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[Bug-AUCTeX] 11.83; reftex-citation wrong argument stringp nil

From: Tyler Smith
Subject: [Bug-AUCTeX] 11.83; reftex-citation wrong argument stringp nil
Date: Sat, 09 Jun 2007 02:53:55 -0300

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what in fact did happen.

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When using Auctex with reftex, using the C-[ command, I can't find
citations with certain regexps. Specifically, if I want to enter a
citation to a paper by Nei, and so issue C-[ <ret> p nei <ret>, emacs

Wrong type argument: stringp nil

The same response using ball as the regeexp. I have bib entries for
both of these authors. Other search terms succeed as expected. If I
open my .bib and search for nei or ball, they are found as expected.
If I manually enter the bibkeys for Ball or Nei, they work as
expected, with correct formating in the processed document and an
entry in the output bibliography.

I tried google, but didn't find information I could understand on this
problem. I checked with the installed info docs, and also found no
explanation of this behaviour in the Auctex or Reftex manuals.

Thanks for your help,


Emacs  : GNU Emacs 21.4.1 (i486-pc-linux-gnu, X toolkit, Xaw3d scroll bars)
 of 2007-03-10 on raven, modified by Debian
Package: 11.83

current state:
 AUCTeX-date "2006-06-07"
 window-system 'x
 LaTeX-version "2e"
 TeX-style-path '("style" "auto" "/home/tyler/bibtex/style"
 TeX-auto-save t
 TeX-parse-self t
 TeX-master "../master.tex"
 TeX-command-list '(("TeX" "%(PDF)%(tex) %S%(PDFout) \"%(mode)\\input %t\""
                     TeX-run-TeX nil
                     (plain-tex-mode ams-tex-mode texinfo-mode) :help
                     "Run plain TeX")
                    ("LaTeX" "%l \"%(mode)\\input{%t}\"" TeX-run-TeX nil
                     (latex-mode doctex-mode) :help "Run LaTeX")
                    ("Makeinfo" "makeinfo %t" TeX-run-compile nil
                     (texinfo-mode) :help "Run Makeinfo with Info output")
                    ("Makeinfo HTML" "makeinfo --html %t" TeX-run-compile nil
                     (texinfo-mode) :help "Run Makeinfo with HTML output")
                    ("AmSTeX" "%(PDF)amstex %S%(PDFout) \"%(mode)\\input %t\""
                     TeX-run-TeX nil (ams-tex-mode) :help "Run AMSTeX")
                    ("ConTeXt" "texexec --once --texutil %(execopts)%t"
                     TeX-run-TeX nil (context-mode) :help "Run ConTeXt once")
                    ("ConTeXt Full" "texexec %(execopts)%t" TeX-run-TeX nil
                     (context-mode) :help "Run ConTeXt until completion")
                    ("BibTeX" "bibtex %s" TeX-run-BibTeX nil t :help
                     "Run BibTeX")
                    ("View" "%V" TeX-run-discard t t :help "Run Viewer")
                    ("Print" "%p" TeX-run-command t t :help "Print the file")
                    ("Queue" "%q" TeX-run-background nil t :help
                     "View the printer queue" :visible TeX-queue-command)
                    ("File" "%(o?)dvips %d -o %f " TeX-run-command t t :help
                     "Generate PostScript file")
                    ("Index" "makeindex %s" TeX-run-command nil t :help
                     "Create index file")
                    ("Check" "lacheck %s" TeX-run-compile nil (latex-mode)
                     :help "Check LaTeX file for correctness")
                    ("Spell" "(TeX-ispell-document \"\")" TeX-run-function nil
                     t :help "Spell-check the document")
                    ("Clean" "TeX-clean" TeX-run-function nil t :help
                     "Delete generated intermediate files")
                    ("Clean All" "(TeX-clean t)" TeX-run-function nil t :help
                     "Delete generated intermediate and output files")
                    ("Other" "" TeX-run-command t t :help
                     "Run an arbitrary command")

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