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bug#33016: 26.1; (make-process ...) doesn't signal an error, when execut

From: Klaus-Dieter Bauer
Subject: bug#33016: 26.1; (make-process ...) doesn't signal an error, when executable given as absolute Windows path does not exist
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:55:27 +0200

The error-handling of `make-process' for a non-existents
executable is inconsistent between invocation as a command
(on PATH) and invocation as a full path.

To reproduce, start `emacs -Q'.


    M-x eval-_expression_ RET
      (make-process :name "test" :command '("No Such Command"))

will bring up the debugger with 

    (file-missing "Searching for program" "No such file or directory" "nosuchcommand")

However, entering

    M-x eval-_expression_ RET 
      (make-process :name "test" :command '("c:/No Such Command"))

will merely display in the echo-area message:

    eval: Spawning child process: Invalid argument

I stumbled upon this when debugging a quick-and-dirty
script, that called a program by absolute path. When a new
version of the program changed the name of the executable
(tex2lyx2.3 -> tex2lyx), this issue occurred, and hindered
debugging the problem.

The wording of the message might indicate a 
Windows-specific issue.

regards, Klaus

In GNU Emacs 26.1 (build 1, x86_64-w64-mingw32)
 of 2018-05-30 built on CIRROCUMULUS
Repository revision: 07f8f9bc5a51f5aa94eb099f3e15fbe0c20ea1ea
Windowing system distributor 'Microsoft Corp.', version 10.0.17134
Recent messages:
(#<process test<1>> #<process test>)
Entering debugger...
Back to top level
eval: Spawning child process: Invalid argument
Type C-x 1 to delete the help window, C-M-v to scroll help.
Entering debugger...
Back to top level
read--_expression_: Trailing garbage following _expression_
Configured using:
 'configure --without-dbus --host=x86_64-w64-mingw32
 --without-compress-install 'CFLAGS=-O2 -static -g3''

Configured features:

Important settings:
  value of $LANG: ENU
  locale-coding-system: cp1252

Major mode: Lisp Interaction

Minor modes in effect:
  tooltip-mode: t
  global-eldoc-mode: t
  eldoc-mode: t
  electric-indent-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  tool-bar-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  blink-cursor-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: t

Load-path shadows:
None found.

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