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bug#25581: 25.1; Incorrect statement in (elisp) `Hooks'


From: npostavs
Subject: bug#25581: 25.1; Incorrect statement in (elisp) `Hooks'
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:05:18 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1 (gnu/linux)

Drew Adams <address@hidden> writes:

> The second sentence here is incorrect:
>
>  If the variable’s name ends in ‘-function’, then its value is just a
>  single function, not a list of functions.  ‘add-hook’ cannot be used to
>  modify such a _single function hook_, and you have to use ‘add-function’
>  instead (*note Advising Functions::).
>
> You CAN use `add-hook' to modify such a single-function hook.
> Nothing prevents you from doing so.  And nothing even suggests
> that you should not.  And you have always been able to do so.
>
> And this is the case whether or not the "single function hook"
> is intended to always be single-function (which intention
> AFAIK, is not enforced anywhere) or it is intended to have
> any number (including zero and one) of functions.
>

So something like this?

--- i/doc/lispref/modes.texi
+++ w/doc/lispref/modes.texi
@@ -74,9 +74,10 @@ Hooks
 
 @cindex single-function hook
 If the variable's name ends in @samp{-function}, then its value is
-just a single function, not a list of functions.  @code{add-hook} cannot be
-used to modify such a @emph{single function hook}, and you have to use
address@hidden instead (@pxref{Advising Functions}).
+just a single function, not a list of functions.  @code{add-hook}
+should not be used to modify such a @emph{single function hook}
+because it would turn the value into a list.  Use @code{add-function}
+instead (@pxref{Advising Functions}).
 
 @menu
 * Running Hooks::    How to run a hook.






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