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bug#28953: 11.91.0; wrong alert about inexistent LaTeX errors

From: Mosè Giordano
Subject: bug#28953: 11.91.0; wrong alert about inexistent LaTeX errors
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:24:55 +0200

2017-10-23 18:35 GMT+02:00 jfbu <address@hidden>:
> Le 23 oct. 2017 à 17:09, Mosè Giordano <address@hidden> a écrit :
>> 2017-10-23 14:47 GMT+02:00 jfbu <address@hidden>:
>>> In real life example the ``:1: `` pattern appeared farther away on the line
>>> inside a sentence. To a human, it is obvious it is not a LaTeX error
>>> message. I am confident the logic for recognizing such error messages
>>> is improvable. I plan to look at it when I get time to make
>>> concrete proposal.
>> The relevant regexp is at line 1507 of tex-buf.el:
>> https://git.savannah.gnu.org/gitweb/?p=auctex.git;a=blob;f=tex-buf.el;h=f458651c2cffc110ef4af4541c6b08af976907fb;hb=HEAD#l1507
>> Perhaps ".*" is too greedy, anyway that regexp should match anything
>> that is a legal path.  I don't expect it to be supereasy to find a
>> regexp matching a path but not a whole sentence ;-)
> Indeed. But the regexp is really minimal, is there some documentation
> about the underlying difficulties?

I don't think there is such documentation, but I'd be happy to be proven wrong.

As far as I know, using exclamation mark to start an error message is
just a widespread convention, there is nothing fundamental in it.  For
the file-line-error style, the first part should match a file path.  I
don't know if it **has** to start with "./" (or "/"), or it may change
depending on the TeX version (and for sure it depends on the platform
used).  The file may end with an extension (AUCTeX doesn't really like
files without any extension), but TeX doesn't require it at all.

> Reporting that the LaTeX run had errors, and giving an Error overview
> could perhaps be split.
> For example if I try this
> \documentclass{article}
> \begin{document}
> Hi
> \typeout{./I/am/not/a/file:4: and this is not an error}
> \typeout{}
> \typeout{}
> \typeout{! I am not an error.}
> Did it go OK?
> \end{document}
> with Latexmk, it will only say
> Collected error summary (may duplicate other messages):
>   latex: Command for 'latex' gave return code 1
>       Refer to 'temp2.log' for details
> Without the \ERROR, it reports no problem. Now, indeed
> Latexmk does not report a detailed error summary like AUCTeX
> (it does report undefined references etc...)
> For example a \PackageError{foo}{zaza}{tata} will also
> cause the latex run to exit with return code 1 on my mac os,
> hence the return code detects it independently of log contents.
> Could AUCTeX check the return code on platforms allowing it?

This is interesting, but should be implemented in a reliable way.


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