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Re: default-directory documentation

From: Robert Marshall
Subject: Re: default-directory documentation
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 09:49:26 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)

auto-compression-mode - well there's something I'd missed out on -
thanks for this pointer. 

I was using jka-compr and yes I did have the .el files compressed.
What makes me think there is a problem though is that the variable
mail-default-reply-to gives me the same behaviour, I'm seeing it
defined in either loaddefs, sendmail or vm but in this case I can get
to sendmail.el.gz by clicking on the hyperlink.


----- Original Message -----
From: Dave Love <address@hidden>
To: Robert Marshall <address@hidden>
CC: address@hidden
Sent: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 00:03:47 +0100 (GMT+01:00)
Subject: Re: default-directory documentation

> >>>>> "RM" == Robert Marshall <address@hidden> writes:
RM> But then if I load-library dired-x and repeat the describe-variable it 
RM> thinks the variable is defined in dired-x (which it isn't, but there 
RM> seems to be a function of that name there).  If I position the cursor 
RM> on the highlighted dired-x and type enter (help-follow), an error 
RM> occurs with the text that dired-x is not in the path, which it is (in 
RM> the path that is!) dired-x is the emacs 20.7.1. version.
> That probably means that dired-x.el is either missing or it is
> compressed and you aren't using auto-compression-mode.
> However, this case will offer a bogus hyperlink and fail with a
> `cannot find definition' error anyway.  It's a known deficiency in the
> load history mechanism which we should be able to fix by keeping track
> of function and variable definitions separately.  As far as I remember
> we decided it wasn't worth doing that, but the result is unfortunate
> in a few cases and we couldn't see a way of failing more gracefully.
> Ideas welcome.
> [Probably the function definition in this case should actually have a
> `dired-' prefix.]

Robert Marshall

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