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Re: variable buffer-file-coding-system does not exist

From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: Re: variable buffer-file-coding-system does not exist
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 23:20:39 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.090005 (Oort Gnus v0.05) Emacs/21.2.50 (ia64-suse-linux)

Robin Hankin <address@hidden> writes:

|> PROBLEM: the documented solution fails:
|> M-x describe-variable buffer-file-coding-system
|> works fine  *but*
|> M-x set-variable buffer-file-coding-system
|> reports that the variable does not exist (reporting "no match" in the
|> minibuffer).  I can set this variable in the *help* buffer but that
|> doesn't help me.

This is because buffer-file-coding-system is neither a user option nor
custimizable (see user-variable-p), and set-variable is not intended to
handle such a variable.

To set buffer-file-coding-system interactively, use C-x RET f


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