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bug#21072: Brave new mark-defun (and a testing tool)

From: John Mastro
Subject: bug#21072: Brave new mark-defun (and a testing tool)
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:35:06 -0700

<address@hidden> wrote:
>     (defun beginning-of-defun-comments (&optional arg)
>       "Move to the beginning of ARGth defun, including comments."
>       (interactive "^p")
>       (unless arg (setq arg 1))
>       (beginning-of-defun arg)
>       (while (let ((pt (prog1 (point) (forward-line -1)))
>                    (ppss (syntax-ppss)))
>                (cond ((nth 4 ppss) (goto-char (nth 8 ppss)))
>                      ((and (parse-partial-sexp
>                             (point) (line-end-position) nil t ppss)
>                            (not (bolp)) (eolp)))
>                      (t (goto-char pt) nil)))))
> However there will always be some comment style that doesn't work, e.g.
>     // Some description followed by a blank.
>     function name(arg) {
>     }
> Another option is to give up the comment marking, it seems a bit
> complicated to implement and explain to users.

Would it help to lean on (forward-comment -1) more?

Something like this:

(defun beginning-of-defun-comments (&optional arg)
  (interactive "^p")
  (let ((arg (or arg 1))
    (beginning-of-defun arg)
    (setq point (point))
    (while (not (eq point (setq point (progn (forward-comment -1) (point))))))
    (skip-chars-forward "[:space:]\r\n")))

Having to `skip-chars-forward' at the end seems a bit awkward, but I
think it does work on the recently mentioned JavaScript examples.



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