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Re: customize

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: customize
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 06:01:24 -0600 (MDT)

    I used customize.  When I was done, I clicked Finished on the pages.
    Then I did C-x C-b and deleted them from the *Buffer List* window.
    Now I can't save files.  I get told: max-lisp-eval-depth exceeded.

Can you tell us precisely how to reproduce this?  With that
information, we could fix the problem.

If you do M-x toggle-debug-on-error and then try to save a file, do
you get a backtrace?  If you email us that backtrace, we might figure
out from it what is wrong.

    Furthermore, I can't turn *off* having the wretched customize system
    interfere with my configuration:

Alas, that is such a general statement that I can't deduce any
specific practical conclusions from it.  I don't know whether this is
a bug or pilot error; the words could fit either one.

Please read the Bugs section in the Emacs manual, which provides
guidelines on how to write a bug report to give us the necessary
information so we can fix the bug.  Instead of saying "I can't do X",
please say "I typed precisely ABC, hoping it would do X, but it did
precisely XYZ instead."  With that sort of information, we can tell
what it means.

    turning off
    the configuration option for it merely leaves a (custom-set-faces
    '(trailing-whitespace ((t nil)))) in my .emacs rather than removing
    the entire reference;

Is this a problem?  Does anything bad happen as a result of this?

    I'm clearly going to have to exit from emacs
    (now that customize has managed to leave me unable to do stupidly
    necessary things like save files) and vi my .emacs.

This seems to assume that if you restart Emacs the new session will
have some sort of problems, but you did not report having actually
done so and observed such problems.  Is this an observation or a
guess?  What exactly happens when you start a new Emacs?  If it fails
again, could you please describe the failure, and send us your .emacs
file so we can try to investigate it?

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