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customize-save-customized crashes with cryptic error message

From: Jonas Jarnestrom
Subject: customize-save-customized crashes with cryptic error message
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 16:27:43 +0100 (MET)

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Please write in English, because the Emacs maintainers do not have
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In GNU Emacs 20.6.1 (sparc-sun-solaris2.6, X toolkit)
 of Fri Mar  3 2000 on iris
configured using `configure  --with-gcc --with-pop --with-x-toolkit=lucid 
--bindir=/usr/local/bin --libexecdir=/usr/local/libexec'

I had a comment of unbalanced code in my .emacs like this:
;;(if (string-match "20" emacs-version)

I wasnt aware of its existence since it hasnt made any fuss at all
during years of emacs startup.

However, when I make some change in a customization buffer and click on
"Save for future sessions", the save function can't handle the
unbalanced comment and bails out with message in echo area:
Scan error: "Unbalanced parentheses" 259, 801

Since no file was mentioned, I didnt suspect my .emacs but rather
some read problem of the executing code (which I did report earlier).
I find the message cryptic and not of much help.
Would be nice with code that could handle the condition, or as a
minimum, catch the fault condition and issue a proper error mess.

Scan error: "Unbalanced parentheses", 259, 801
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