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bug#4917: Error: Attempt to modify read-only object

From: Dan Nicolaescu
Subject: bug#4917: Error: Attempt to modify read-only object
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:35:06 -0800 (PST)

Juri Linkov <address@hidden> writes:

  > Starting Emacs fails with the error:
  >   Warning (initialization): An error occurred while loading 
  >   error: Attempt to modify read-only object
  >   To ensure normal operation, you should investigate and remove the
  >   cause of the error in your initialization file.  Start Emacs with
  >   the `--debug-init' option to view a complete error backtrace.
  > Starting Emacs with the `--debug-init' option displays:
  >   Debugger entered--Lisp error: (error "Attempt to modify read-only object")
  >     delete(("\\`\357\273\277" . utf-8-with-signature) (("\\`BABYL OPTIONS:[ 
        ]*-\\*-[        ]*rmail[        ]*-\\*-" . no-conversion) 
("\\`\376\377" . utf-16be-with-signature) ("\\`\377\376" . 
utf-16le-with-signature) ("\\`\357\273\277" . utf-8-with-signature) ("\\`;ELC" 
. emacs-mule)))
  >     (setq auto-coding-regexp-alist (delete (rassoc ... 
auto-coding-regexp-alist) auto-coding-regexp-alist))
  > The reason of this error in .emacs is the lines that remove a match
  > for `utf-8-with-signature' from `auto-coding-regexp-alist' that allows
  > to always display the BOM (Byte-order mark signature) to be able
  > to remove it without the need to visit files literally:
  >   (setq auto-coding-regexp-alist
  >     (delete (rassoc 'utf-8-with-signature auto-coding-regexp-alist)
  >             auto-coding-regexp-alist))
  > Before yesterday there were no problems with this.

This is mine, too aggressive use of purecopy.
auto-coding-regexp-alist needs to be changed like this:

(defcustom auto-coding-regexp-alist
  (mapcar (lambda (arg) (cons (purecopy (car arg)) (cdr arg)))
  '(("\\`BABYL OPTIONS:[ \t]*-\\*-[ \t]*rmail[ \t]*-\\*-"  . no-conversion)

I'll check it in when I get a chance.  If it's in your way, please feel
free to do it earlier.

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