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bug#7079: 24.0.50; shelling out picks up ghost error about find

From: Joseph Brenner
Subject: bug#7079: 24.0.50; shelling out picks up ghost error about find
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:22:40 -0700

I often see elisp code using things such as compile-command returning
spurious errors from a "find" shell command which was not run.


(1) With the following elisp in the file ~/tmp/baby-perlnow.el:

  (provide 'baby-perlnow)
  (defun perlnow-run-check ()
    "Run a perl check on the current buffer."
    (let* ( (full-file (buffer-file-name))
            (location (file-name-directory full-file))
            (filename (file-name-nondirectory full-file))
            (default-directory location)
      (setq compile-command
            (format "perl -Mstrict -cw \'%s\'" filename))
      (compile compile-command)

(2) And with some perl code such as ~/tmp/Dummy.pm:

  package Dummy;
  use 5.008;
  use strict;
  use warnings;

  sub whatever {
    print "whatever\n";

(3) Then run emacs like so:

  emacs -Q -l ~/tmp/baby-perlnow.el ~/tmp/Dummy.pm

And do an:
  ESC-x perlnow-run-check

(4) In the *compilation* buffer, you may see something like:

  -*- mode: compilation; default-directory: "~/tmp/" -*-
  Compilation started at Mon Sep 20 10:52:28

  perl -Mstrict -cw 'Dummy.pm'
  find: paths must precede expression: Rep.pm
  Usage: find [-H] [-L] [-P] [-Olevel] [-D 
help|tree|search|stat|rates|opt|exec] [path...] [expression]
  Dummy.pm syntax OK

  Compilation finished at Mon Sep 20 10:52:28

Note that nothing is actually running a "find" command here, and
yet we see the error message from find.

You can verify that the perl check command is not causing the
problem by doing this in a shell window:

  cd ~/tmp
  perl -Mstrict -cw 'Dummy.pm'
  Dummy.pm syntax OK

Note that the find error is referring to some other file, Rep.pm
which as it happens *was* being edited in another emacs process
but not *this* one.

The only buffers open in the -Q emacs are:

.   Dummy.pm                95  Perl              ~/tmp/Dummy.pm
    *scratch*              191  Lisp Interaction
  * *Messages*              89  Fundamental

I've seen this behavior in a number of contexts... perhaps
notably in the Emacs::Rep code (still under development) which
does some "shell-command-to-string" calls internally.

In GNU Emacs (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.16.1)
 of 2010-09-19 on fineline
Windowing system distributor `The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.10600000
configured using `configure  '--prefix' '/usr/local/emacs/bzr-091910-182331''

Important settings:
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  value of $LC_NUMERIC: nil
  value of $LC_TIME: nil
  value of $LANG: en_US.UTF-8
  value of $XMODIFIERS: nil
  locale-coding-system: utf-8-unix
  default enable-multibyte-characters: t

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w o k <backspace> r k s SPC a s SPC a l w a y s . C-a
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o C-x 2 C-x o M-x s h e l l <return> i n c <return>
C-x C-p C-x C-p i C-x o C-p C-p C-p C-p C-l C-n . o
C R O N SPC <return> x i C-x o C-p . M-x r e p o r
t SPC e m a c s SPC b u SPC <return>

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