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Re: the elisp debugger manual chapter has not been written yet


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: the elisp debugger manual chapter has not been written yet
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 10:26:21 +0300

> From: Dan Jacobson <address@hidden>
> Newsgroups: gnu.emacs.bug
> Date: 14 Apr 2001 10:13:32 +0800
> 
> I am amazed at the scanty information for the elisp debugger in the
> official Emacs Info tree.

You are looking in the wrong manual.  Edebug is fully documented in
the Emacs Lisp manual, which you can get from any GNU FTP site.

Debugging Lisp is not a user-level activity, it's a programmer-level
activity.  If you are serious about programming in Emacs Lisp, you
should install the ELisp manual.

> Certainly a magnet for debugger info is this node:
> 
>     File: emacs,  Node: Debuggers
> 
>     Running Debuggers Under Emacs
>     =============================
> 
>     The GUD (Grand Unified Debugger) library provides an interface to
>     various symbolic debuggers from within Emacs.  We recommend the debugger
> 
> But does one see a mention to the most basic debugger to emacs?

No, this is not the right place.  Edebug is an Emacs Lisp package, not
an external program.  The above chapter is written for someone who
wants to debug external programs, not to debug Emacs.  A user can
conceivably be a programmer in C or Fortran, but still only a user as
far as Emacs is concerned.  So there's no need to lump everything
about debugging into the same chapter.



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