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bug#672: 23.0.60; To source or not to source (from help)

Subject: bug#672: 23.0.60; To source or not to source (from help)
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2008 23:12:01 +0900

Do'nt   send  me mail  !!!
no tkank you!!

----- Original Message ----- From: "Lennart Borgman (gmail)" <address@hidden>
To: "martin rudalics" <address@hidden>
Cc: "Bug-Gnu-Emacs" <address@hidden>; <address@hidden>
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2008 8:09 PM
Subject: bug#672: 23.0.60; To source or not to source (from help)

martin rudalics wrote:
> If you do C-h v and look at a variable and click on the library link in
 > the help buffer you will go to the file in your current Emacs tree. If
> you do C-h f to look at a function and do the same you will be taken to
 > the cvs checkout file instead.

I suspect you compiled Emacs in the checkout directory and then copied
the Emacs tree to another directory.

I use the normal

  make install INSTALL_DIR=...

In this case the following might
happen: As for C-h f `describe-function-1' will execute

      ;; See if lisp files are present where they where installed from.
      (if (not (eq file-name 'C-source))
      (setq file-name (find-source-lisp-file file-name)))

which sets `file-name' to the ".el" file from the checkout directory
(because you did compile it there) and installs the corresponding
reference in the hyperlink.

As for C-h v `describe-variable' does _not_ care whether you compiled in
another directory and simply goes to the file supplied by `symbol-file'.
You could try inserting the snipped above in `describe-variable'
immediately before the line

          (if file-name

and see whether it now jumps to the checkout directory instead.

Yes, I guess that is correct.

Personally, I'd prefer something like the following in both cases:

      (unless (or (eq file-name 'C-source)
          (file-exists-p file-name))
    (setq file-name (find-source-lisp-file file-name)))

Thanks martin. I think a variable (or an option) for which elisp to go to would be the best. Is there any reason not to have that?

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